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Scott Clarke: This is a recent teaching, which includes references to this ministry. Click HERE
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Hallelu Foundation: New organisation to correct media bias against Israel. Click HERE
JD Farag is an Arab Palestinian pastor of a wonderful church in Hawaii. Here is the update done on the Mount of Olives on May23rd Prophecy Update.
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Rabbi Jonathan Cahn: This is his excellent address at the United Nations yesterday (17 /04/ 2015) on the persecution of Christians. Click HERE
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●ISIS advances through Syria and Iraq while the western coalition is essentially powerless to stop them.
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Edition 261. May 27th 2015
The Power of the Resurrection:
The Power of the Resurrection:
Philippians 3:10 (Amp) “...For my determined purpose is that I may know Him more deeply and intimately and that I may in that same manner come to know the power flowing from His resurrection, and that I may share in His sufferings so as to be transformed into His likeness, even to His death.”
If you try to walk through this life in these last days in the energy of your own strength you are in great trouble. You will be led astray, you will be deceived, and you will not even see what great eternal danger you are in.
The power of the resurrection has been available since the resurrection, but in these days it is absolutely essential for your success in our Lord.
The power of the resurrection is synonymous with walking in the power of the Spirit of the living God, but there are some wonderful twists and additions to it.
The word “resurrection,” means to “stand up out of death”. This is something no one can do, so it is obviously an external power at work. Just think of what is involved. Every single atom of your being will be transformed in a flash! This same power also gives us so many other things like God’s own knowledge, understanding, wisdom and authority.
Defining the Power of the Resurrection:
We need to look more deeply into our title verse above in Philippians 3:10 for the key. Note that Paul says that he is seeking with a determined purpose this power which flows from the resurrection. So it is not universal and nor automatic. So what is it exactly?
It is the supernatural power of God that raised our Lord from the dead. Did you catch that? It is a power that raises people from the dead. My friends, we are commanded to “die daily” and “take up our cross daily”. But just as it was with our Lord, that’s not the end of the story. John the Baptist said that “he (John) must decrease, so that He (Yeshua) increases.”
What an amazing thing! This is the exact opposite of the way of the world. The world says, “Yes you can”. The world says, “You can do it.” The world says self-esteem and self-motivation is the way to go.
God’s way is the opposite. No you can’t do it. You can’t live the Christian life. If you could, Christianity would be a religion, which it is not.
Religions say to their followers, “Come and follow us, keep our rules and laws and you’ll be one of us.”
Yeshua says, “Now that you have been saved, come and follow Me”... die and suffer and I’ll empower you to be a disciple.
One of the key issues behind the “power of the resurrection” is that you can’t do it. You can’t manufacture it. True biblical Christianity is supernatural in its very essence.
The great secret to the Christian life is that you need to give up, take your hands off your life and die to self, under the weight of your cross.
As you do this, something miraculous and wonderful begins to happen and continues to play out. A supernatural power begins to empower you to live the Christian life successfully. Sin begins to drop off and a new dimension to life dawns, which is holy and pure.
What a humbling, absolute joy and pleasure to have Yeshua the Messiah, the King of the universe, delivering his life into your life to live it successfully!
What about the “suffering”?
In our key title verse, Paul says that he desires to “share in the suffering of our Lord so that he may be transformed into His likeness.”
Of course we can’t add to the sufferings or workings of the cross for our salvation. It was a complete and finished work. But there is a suffering that we need to endure and experience.
Our suffering and cross-bearing is in essence our active, wilful denial of self, and removal of ourselves from the domination and power of the world system.
I know I’ve said it a thousand times; here come one thousand and one! Satan gains access to the believer through the flesh, the world and the demonic. These three areas need to be denied and have the cross applied to them. Then that supernatural power begins to deliver us from them and we begin to see with new eyes.
Trying to obey the Bible and “hate your life in the world” is impossible in the power and energy of the flesh and the world. But when you see with God’s eyes, victory over the world is easy. You die to the world and it just dies to you.
When the power of the world sees that you are dead to it, it loosens its grip on you.
Galatians 1:4 “Grace and peace to you from our Lord who gave Himself for our sins on the cross, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of God our Father.”
Through the cross we’ve been delivered from this present evil age. Are you detached and separated from the world by the power of the resurrection as revealed in His word?
It is this incredible power that will translate all true believers in a twinkling of an eye into new creations that will be able to transcend the physical and spiritual dimensions at will. It is this power that will be at work in the rapture.
It is this beautiful power that will transform every atom of your being into a new form of atom, today unknown and unachievable. We will still be body, soul and spirit, but with new ageless and perfect dimensions and characteristics.
We can and must make use of this power now to work in our souls. Our Lord will complete the work at the salvation of our bodies.
It is this power that is essentially the reason the world hates us.
If you are not different and separated from the world – you do not have the power of the resurrection at work in you.
The workings of the power of the resurrection now:
●The power of the resurrection is chiefly to change you radically.
●The power of the resurrection is a power to make you odd. It is a power to make you other-worldly. We can, must and in fact have been commanded to live now, in resurrection life, preparing for the new world to come.
●Another central purpose of the power of the resurrection is to destroy occult powers in those who been involved in it. Many believers have been involved in direct occult activity in their past, and they have all found that it is almost impossible to escape these occult powers and influences.
Almost all Christians who have been involved go back into it somewhere down the line. I know a few pastors who will never appoint anyone who has been directly involved in the occult in the past into any form of ministry. Their reason is because these people always get drawn back into the occult at some time in the future.
There are a few (very few) that do get set free and stay free. For them it is a supernatural battle. It’s a battle of the power of the resurrection set against the power of Satan.
If you take away one thing from this, let it be this: Don’t mess with the occult – ever!
By the way, I’m referring here to direct occult activity and not some lesser form like fortune telling etc.
But here is something very interesting to think about: Yoga is a system of exercises developed by Hindus to make one more susceptible to demon possession!
The Hindu Bhagavad Gita says that the purpose of yoga is to bring you into union or yoking with the spirits of the universe. Yoga teaches that “self is divine”. In fact the word “yoga” means “to unite.”
In these days sin is a powerful force. Have you ever wondered why? It’s simply because the world and its god has made it attractive, acceptable and popular. Sin has a strange attractiveness to it and the world and the media have befriended sin.
Be careful, the Bible says that there is pleasure in sin for a season only. Then it bites and devours! If sin is your friend, how do you expect to overcome it? You must make it your deadly enemy.
Today there are few outward consequences for sin. The media has watered it all down and the world has bought it all.
There is no shame in sin anymore, mainly because the world has washed away all absolutes.
But God has not watered it down or changed. He will bring punishment on sinners. Isn’t that an unusual concept in these days?
Isaiah 13:11“I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Psalm 145:20 “The Lord preserves all who love Him, but the wicked He will destroy.”
Imagine the shock of all the intellects, politicians, news media managers, entertainers and VIP’s that the world looks up to, when they are put to shame by the King of the universe!
Imagine the shock and horror of all the Christian pastors, ministers and leaders when their pro-homosexuality and pro-abortion rights position is put to shame by my Lord and His word!
Mark 8:38 “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
In these end times, the power of deception is great. In fact it is enormous and has great supernatural spiritual forces of evil behind it.
●The power of the resurrection is to deliver your from the whore of Babylon. She, of course, is the great final manifestation of Satan’s work in the church. His end-time pride and joy is and will be a powerful inter-faith, inter-doctrine, inter-values religious institution which the Bible calls the Whore! (Revelation 17:5). This whore is headed by the Catholic church.
The whore of Babylon will also have a special power, but not the power of resurrection or life in any form. Her power will be to produce lying signs and wonders. It will be the power of great deception and the power of evil.
The counterfeit power of the resurrection:
Satan is a counterfeiter and a deceiver. He tries to interfere with and replicate everything designed by God for the believer’s victory.
The counterfeit power of the resurrection has nothing to do with the cross or denying self or any such thing. It is the satanic power of the world system to open your eyes and keep your eyes open to the ways of the world. It is to entrap you.
This counterfeit power strengthens you and empowers you for service to the world. It is to make you a carbon-copy of all that the world is, believes, says and does.
The power of the resurrection is to make you useless to the world (Galatians 6:14). It comes through the application of the cross while in contrast the counterfeit power operates without any cross. It works on words and concepts. The fruits of one are other worldly and prepare you for Gods new world. The fruits of the other are to make you worldly and unprepared for God’s new world.
The counterfeit power makes you “normal”, just like everyone else in the crowd. It makes you a blind sheep following blind guides. It whispers in your ear that you’re okay and everything is fine and tomorrow will roll on as always.
The counterfeit power blinds you excellently to all the things and ways of God.
The counterfeit power is at home behind the pulpit of a great many churches. It teaches that you can have it all; you just need to believe it and confess it. You don’t need to die to self, you don’t need to forsake the world, just be happy and blessed, they say.
The tragedy is that many, who find success under this counterfeit power, can’t see the counterfeit god at work!
The truth is alive with the Spirit of the Living God. Counterfeit truth is alive with spirits of devils and demons and will always have negative effects even if they manifest further down the line.
The power of the resurrection is not a collection of words and phrases. It is no power at all when you are outside of the Spirit and in the power of the flesh, reason and dead letter.
The power of the resurrection to hell:
Remove the Bible and its values, virtues and influences from society. Remove it especially form Hollywood and the entertainment world. Remove it from the schools, universities and workplace. You are NOT left with a vacuum. The power of the Satan then floods in.
Ireland puts homosexual marriage to public vote. In effect what Ireland did was vote to hate God and His word. Joe Biden blames Christians for giving the LGBT agenda a tough time. The Muslim in the White House repeatedly supports the LGBT agenda and homosexual rights.
All these things fly in the face of God and His word, but the world has made them acceptable. So, are they acceptable?
My friends, the world is kicking out its own supports. It is about to crash down. It is already shaking. But the real big issue is that the eternal destination of so many is in the balance right now. Very soon so many will regret with everything in them, that they hated and came against the living God.
Do you know that Joe Biden, Barak Obama, and every homosexual on this earth will bow their knee to our Messiah – tragically, too late!
The greatest tragedy ever will be to hear the words from our Lord “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”
The futility of coming against the living God is just so totally insane.
I’ve said many times and say again, if homosexuality was okay, God’s word is wrong and He would have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah.
I see some Christian ministers justifying homosexual marriage because it has not changed or done any harm to heterosexual marriage. It’s just added another dimension to the definition of marriage. Whichever way you look at it that is justifying homosexuality and it is God who defines what marriage is.
There are far too many portions of scripture in both testaments condemning it, to justify it. You can come up with whatever argument you like, but you won’t get around God’s Spirit and His word. You must reject God and His word to do that.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders...because they did not receive the love of the truth.”
The Bible talks a great deal about deception and lies in these last days. It also talks about this illegitimate power in the church.
The power of the resurrection is not the well-known and well -seen power of frauds performing all sorts of circus-like acts in the church. It is not the lying miracles. It is not the power of positive confession and the power to get rich quick.
It is not the fraudulent power of self-motivation and the power of self-esteem as presented by so many churches.
Of course there is limited truth in some of these things, but the whole overall package is rotten.
The power of the resurrection is directly associated and linked to suffering and the cross of Messiah. We are transformed more and more into His likeness as we conform to His death more and more.
There are two very great powers operating right now. You may only have one at work. You may have both at work making you really schizophrenic! It is impossible to live for one second without one of the two at work.
The power of the flesh, linked to the world, and the power of the resurrection are the two in view.
Masses and masses:
So often I hear “but what about the masses who have never heard the gospel”? How can God judge them? I tell you God will be just, and everything He does will be without fault – because He is God!
So, what about the masses of people especially in rural fields, and out there in the sticks? Do you know that they all believe in something or someone? Most believe in illegitimate gods and illegitimate ways to get to their gods.
Many of these tribes or ethnic groups are under the sway and power of illegitimate forces and gods and the fruits manifest collectively as well as individually.
Years ago I worked in the mission fields of Southern Africa, and saw firsthand how true this is. I’ve seen masses under the power of false gods including ancestor worship. I’ve seen masses lost, suffering and in abject poverty because of their evil gods.
They never get free because they are empowered by their gods, demon forces, lies and deception. In fact they pass on their witchcraft from generation to generation.
But often I’ve encountered situations where someone wants to be free. He realises that there must be a real God and he wants to know Him. It’s like his eyes are opened just because he wants to be set free. Suddenly he’s open to the truth and the power of evil is smashed in his life. Others then want the same and pretty soon we have a revival on the go – right out there in the middle of nowhere.
On one trip a 110 year-old bushman woman was saved and set free from the power of the devil. A year later she heard we were coming back to the area and she walked three miles through wildlife country to share with us the good news of her continuing salvation.
The Bible speaks of the masses of the wilderness of the world, searching for the truth in these last days.
Joel 3:14 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”
What a wonderful privilege we have to know our Lord now, while so many are under the power of the devil.
In these last days “multitudes” will find salvation and be set free. That’s good news. Multitudes won’t either!
In summary, the power of the resurrection for daily life is available only to those who want it and are prepared to pay the price. Of course that same power will raise all from the dead, but it is exclusive for living a successful Christian life now.
If ever there is a time when this power is needed it is now. We desperately need to walk now in the holiness, purity and glory of God’s coming kingdom of perfection.
Yes there will be multitudes in the valley of decision, but there will be many who will be left behind. The power of the resurrection will miss them out! They will be left to the power of their own flesh, Satan, devils, demons, deceptions and lies. Pick your choice!
I took this picture on a bird-watching trip. Sometimes an unexpected surprise spices things up!
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 260. May 20th 2015
Who can you trust?
Who can you trust?
1 Timothy 3:15 (Amp) “...The household of God is the church of the living God, the pillar and stay- the prop and support of the Truth.”
The Bible plots the course of this age (Ephesians 2:2). Included are numerous descriptions of terrible times of stress, deception and troubles in the church. We see a phenomenal contrast between a glorious church and a church ready to be vomited out of God’s mouth!
As we approach the coming of our Lord there will be an outpouring of the Spirit of God and an outpouring of the spirit of Satan at the same time. The Bible prophecies that the church will be rocked and some will fall. Many people will lose their faith. The love of many will grow cold.
But who is responsible for victory or failure of these sections of the church?
Isaiah 9:16 “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
There are a great many ministers and ministries you can trust. There are some you dare not trust!
The failure of a part of the church is and will be created and led by its leaders. This is no joke. These are deadly serious, eternal issues and they are intensifying. One thing I love about the Bible is that it shows openly the failures of its own, but also how to stay safe from failure.
This edition is addressed as usual to whoever would care to read it, but also to as many ministers of the gospel as would care to read it.
You may or may not be aware that the modern church is in an enormous crisis. It is rocking to and fro like a drunkard about to fall over – as prophesied in the Bible!
Matthew 24:10 “Many will fall away.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and turn their ears away from the truth...but you be watchful in all things, endure affliction, do the work of the ministry.”
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
Revelation 3:16 “Because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.”
Statistics of glory and horror:
Within the published statistics for the church there is a great dichotomy. It’s almost as if we are looking at God and the devil! These statistics speak volumes if you care to look below the surface and at the reason for the great gulf.
The first batch is the statistics for the denominational, non spirit-filled churches and the second for the Spirit-filled churches.
1) Statistics for the non-Spirit-filled churches: (Ministry Institute and Pew Research Centre) ●1,500 ministers leave the ministry each month. ●40% will not be in ministry in ten years time. ●90% of the clergy feel unqualified for ministry. ●75% report severe stress, depression. ● 57% say they would leave the ministry if they had somewhere else to go. ●4,000 new churches begin each year while 7,000 close. ●106 million Christians are expected to leave the faith while at the same time 40 million will enter the Christian faith.
2) Statistics for Spirit-filled churches: The numbers for Spirit-filled Christians paint a different picture altogether. ●They number over 500 million, or 8.5% of the world’s population and 27% of all Christians, and are growing faster than those who leave. ●35,000 join each day. ●There are no stats for pastors leaving this section of the church, but the numbers would be far lower than those of the other churches.
►This is a very interesting article. It is entitled “Why do these Pentecostals keep growing.” Click HERE
It is the fastest growing component within the Christian faith.
The Spirit-filled churches are essentially the Spirit-empowered churches. This is also the central reason for their endurance. There is a huge difference between this and the doctrine-empowered churches operating on scholarly intellectualism.
Of course I’m not implying for one moment that the Spirit-filled churches are without their own problems. But nevertheless, there is a huge difference in the overall characteristics and numbers.
The clergy killers:
There is a fast growing problem within mainstream denominational churches (characterised by those that reject the baptism of the Spirit). As we have seen, over 1500 denominational clergy or ministers are leaving the ministry each month. This is also the theme of a new documentary entitled “The clergy killers.” You can see the trailer HERE.
In reality it is impossible to kill the true church. It is the body of Messiah. How can you kill Messiah? If the clergy leave because of persecution by evil people, they should never have been in ministry in the first place. It is good and right that they get out!
Why is so much of the church shaking and falling? Why are so many men of God leaving the ministry? God is thinning out His workers to the bedrock core.
We all know the story in Judges 7:6-7 and onwards of God thinning out His army based on the way they lapped up water from the river. God told Gideon that he would save him and the Midianites by 300 men, identified by lapping up the water in their hands rather than going down on their knees to drink directly from the river.
Is there anything we can read from this? If you kneel down to drink from the river, you can’t see around you. If you lap the water from your hands, you can see an enemy approaching. The typology relates to vigilance and being watchful for enemies at all times.
Much of the church today is led by ministers on their knees bowing down to the many enemies all around. They are blind to the attacks of the devil.
Now, let’s look at hardship in the ministry:
2 Timothy 2:3 “You (Timothy) must endure hardship as a good soldier of Yeshua Messiah.”
2 Timothy 2:10 “I (Paul) endure all things (suffering) for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Yeshua Messiah with eternal glory.”
Romans 5:3-4 “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance (and patience) and perseverance, character and character, hope.”
Philippians 1:29 “To you it has been granted on behalf of Messiah, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
So, Mr. Minister, if you can’t endure hardship and persecution what are you doing in the ministry? Do you expect to be serving in a church full of perfect people without big problems? Why do you complain and moan about people giving you a hard time?
What a waste, to have been blessed by the living God with a life which has a call and a plan upon it, and to throw it all away.
Many ministers leave because they have to keep propping up a dead and empty church vessel. They have to try to inject life into a dead and dying dinosaur. Organised, institutionalised religion is a boring dead monster. In many cases it is alive with illegitimate spirits.
Many of these denominational ministers can’t transfer God’s life to anyone, because they are spiritually dead themselves!
All they are doing is trying to make themselves and their congregations fit comfortably into the world! That’s like trying to make a square block fit in a round hole. They have to chip off the corners to make it fit. If you have any parts or aspects of the doctrine of Messiah missing, – you are incomplete and in danger.
Many of these ministers are repeatedly trying to prop up a church constructed on portions of biblical doctrine, with other portions rejected. Many of these ministers are trying to prop up a church cursed with the error of replacement theology. That’s an enormous problem in these days! They are working for the devil himself!
Many church leaders have fallen due to sexual and other sins. That surprisingly, is not the biggest problem. All sin is forgivable on repentance. Restoration is completely possible. Some who have fallen have come back better and stronger than before.
The bigger problem is allowing stress, depression, and burn-out and even betrayal to cause them to give up. The fall from the truth and the fall from the grace of God at their own hand is the biggest problem.
Let me tell you a liberating, little secret. Stress is not what happens because of pressure. Stress is a choice! You can choose to react in stress or you can choose not to! Think about that! And the more you chose not to let stress get you, the easier it becomes to handle.
The clergy killers are not satanic forces, people in the church, or any situation. The clergy killers are the clergy themselves!
The impossible ministry of love:
The duty of the minister of the gospel is to present and infuse the love of God into the church. Today, in many churches this is an impossible task. These failed ministers can and do speak and preach about love and tolerance and being relevant to the world in the name of love, and it’s all poisonous.
Why do so many ministers, Christians, and unbelievers for that matter, have trouble understanding or comprehending God’s love for them? It’s because they love sin and themselves more. They can’t understand that God’s love includes and necessitates hatred for sin. If you accept that great fact you are on the way to victory.
Isaiah 59:2 “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
Psalm 97:10 “You, who love the Lord, hate evil!”
Psalm 119:133 “Direct my steps by Your word, and let not iniquity have dominion over me.”
John 3:19-21 “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be seen, that they have been done in God.”
In these incredibly powerful verses above we see the disease and the cure. You can’t preach love or experience the deep love of God without coming against and hating sin! Please read just the verse above again – read it ten times – it is the answer. It is the reason why many churches are monstrous failures.
Do you see the problem there? People love the darkness. Sorry – you can’t have your cake and eat it. If you want to know the deep love of God, stop loving the darkness!
The Bible speaks much of the unconditional love of God, especially in Romans, but that is more from a point of view of relationship and not fellowship. To walk in fellowship with God, experiencing His love, is what I’m referring to.
You see, coming to the truth is costly! It will cost you everything you are. Once you begin to pay the price you begin to reap the rewards. Cheap, easy believism with no price to pay will get you richly rewarded with demons, devils, witchcraft and all manner of error.
Of course salvation is a free gift of God, but then following our Lord and living the truth is where the cost comes in. (Proverbs 23:23)
Let me say it again, there’s a big red light...it’s impossible to see or understand the love of God without an identification of and hatred of sin. This is why many ministers are bound in frustration. They themselves are participants in the sin and evil of the world, by not identifying and coming against it and then they wonder why they can’t make the love of God known!
1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The original texts imply that the love for and of the Father is not in those who love the world!
1 John 5:4 “Whoever is born of God overcomes the world.”
Don’t tell me you love our Lord and you love the world too – you liar! You can’t love both, it’s impossible! Read that verse again. If you love the world, the love of God and for God is NOT in you. You may think it is and even have all the right words, but you are a liar.
If your love for God is mixed with love for the ways of the world, as a result you are neutralised. You have no spiritual power. You can shout and yell all you like, stand on your head and perform many circus acts, but you are powerless. You have nothing of the supernatural to sustain you and keep you. All you have is dead academic words.
The clergy killers complain that the devil has got into their churches and is causing havoc and causing them to be “killed” by the ministry. No sir – it’s the other way around. They have let the devil into their own lives and as a result, are the killers of their congregations.
I used this powerful verse above. Here it is again:
Isaiah 9:16 “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
Do you want to grow in your love for our Lord? Then you need to grow in hatred and separation! You must grow in hatred for sin and separation from the world.
Here are a few more verses dealing with these issues:
Proverbs 22:10 “Cast out the scoffer and contention will leave; strife and reproach will cease.”
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation (Lit=prophetic vision), the people cast off restraint...”
Proverbs 3:32 “His secret counsel is with the upright.”
Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me and those who diligently seek me will find me.”
James 1:2-7 “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience ...But let him ask for wisdom in faith, with no doubting...for the doubter will receive nothing from the Lord.”
How to know whom to trust:
You do not need to go on a witch hunt looking for demons behind every door. If you feel you need to be in a particular church – be there. Our Lord may have reasons for you being here or there. It is not my job or even yours actually, to decide where to be. The best by far is to trust that our Lord is leading you along the path He has set for you as well the church of His choosing.
If you do feel that you need to move along then do so, but do so with our Lord’s leading and approval.
The single big issue is this. Are you growing in our Lord? Are you growing in the truth? Are you being set progressively free from the dictates of the flesh, the world and the demonic? Are you moving forward? Are you encountering and being exposed to the full doctrine of Messiah in the power of the Spirit?
If you are moving forward in the love of our Lord, your hatred for evil will also be increasing. If you are moving forward with our Lord a deep inner passion for Him, His word, and His ways will grow and grow.
Your minister must be a “pillar in the temple.” He must stand securely and endure all types of pressure, persecution and hardship even unto death!
The fruits of whom you can trust will be evident. They will endure hardship without complaining. In fact the hardship mixed with faith will turn them into a diamond of great value. They will stand securely, unmoved in the truth.
The one whom you can trust is the one who can see the wider path ahead for you and the church at large. The one you can trust is the one who can see the obstacles. The one whom you can trust knows spirits, and their operations.
The one you can trust knows and practices the full doctrine of Messiah – all of it! The one you can trust knows and walks in the fear of the Lord. The one you can trust knows the living word of our Lord extremely well. He is not a novice.
The one you can trust is not necessarily a person who has not failed miserably in the past, but he would have learnt from it and is moving forward.
The one you can trust is the one who judges and gives mercy rightly divided and applied.
The one you can trust is the one who is blood-soaked and scarred with the marks of the cross on every area of his life.
The one you trust is the one who is loved and hated supremely!
Experiential truth is always a place of retreat and deep rest. If that is not the fruit of your truth, you had better re-examine your truth.
Colossians 2:18 “Let no one defraud you of your reward.”
True man of God is other-worldly, can’t be controlled or manipulated by the world, man and media. He is unshakeable, deeply mysterious and in a sense unknowable, because that is the quality of God.
The true man of God is full of good fruit, who rejects and hates poisonous doctrines and its fruits. Above all he has a heart, broken by God, soft and pliable in His hands, hard and impenetrable to all the ways of the world and the devil.
He knows God, his greatest friend, and is known by Him. He is strong and secure, yet soft and transparent. He is full of knowledge, understanding and the wisdom of God.
Psalm 42:7 “Deep calls unto deep”.
I took this picture of a Saddle-billed Stork taking off at sunset in Botswana.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 259. May 13th 2015
Could the tribulation begin this year?
Could the tribulation begin this year?
The seven year tribulation period, the climax of the ages, is coming along soon. Those like me, who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, obviously believe that if we can know when the tribulation is to begin, we can then know when the rapture will take place. Well, at least to within a fairly short period of time.
We have a huge number of signs and evidence pointing towards a tribulation / rapture in September this year. If you’ve ever been anywhere near the internet and the Youtubers, you can’t miss it. Much of the material you’ll find there is pure rubbish, but there are some gems amongst the cow dung.
In this edition I want to examine some of the evidence for these things occurring very soon.
Let me also point out that there is evidence for a 2016 as well as a 2017 tribulation start, but not as much or as convincing as for this year. Also remember that we are in a fast-moving and changing world scenario.
The rapture and the tribulation start will occur within a very short time of each other, most probably on the same day. Both have much to do with a dispensational change.
Our Lord does things decently and in order. The fulfilment of the feasts of the Lord have occurred in exact order meaning that the last unfulfilled three feasts will be fulfilled in order as well. The next to be fulfilled is the two-day Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. There are so many types and shadows relating this feast to the rapture and tribulation start, which is why I believe that this two-day feast is next to be fulfilled.
Did you know that the Feast of Trumpets is a two-day feast? So, if we say the rapture may occur at the Feast of Trumpets we are clear in terms of the verse saying “no one knows the day or hour”, which of course is a very specific time.
What about date-setting?
When we watchmen look at these things we always get accused of date setting by certain types of people.
Am I setting dates? No, the word “set” means to set, to be completely sure and convinced, without any doubt. “Set” is the word we use for concrete as it dries to its hardened state.
No I’m not date setting, I’m watching for all the signs, as our Lord commanded us to do. If it’s not this year, I will carry on watching for the signs until He comes!
Tragically, the other side of the coin is this. Those who condemn and criticise the examination of dates and watching for our Lord are generally legalistically bound and forever set in the error of “no one knows the time.” Of course they are wrong on that, but even worse, these people almost invariably have a focus on a continuing world.
Many years ago, I had a girlfriend who lived far away. I would get excited when I knew she was coming to my neck of the woods. I would get ready and prepare places to go and things to do.
It is such a liberating, exciting and fulfilling thing to be privileged enough to look for our Lord’s coming.
The seven year tribulation period may begin a lot sooner than many think. It may even begin later this year! (Note I said “may”!) If it is not this year, it is very likely to be within the next few years. But there is so much evidence, and it is growing all the time, for a Rosh Hashanah September 2015 start.
If it is not this year, we will see significant events taking place this year anyway. June and July will be key and of course September.
I have a very uncomfortable feeling about June and July. I don’t know what is coming, but I do feel that something is about to break onto the scene before we get to the main events of September. We will see won’t we?
Prophecies still to be fulfilled before the tribulation (or not)!
Could the tribulation begin in September this year? There is a number of Bible prophecies that many believe must be in place before the tribulation can begin. Right now these prophecies are not yet fulfilled. But must they be in place first? Here they are:
●There must be a peace covenant or deal or arrangement of some sort (Daniel 9:27) between Israel “and the many” ready to be confirmed or signed before the tribulation can begin. This peace-covenant is the actual trigger that begins the tribulation period. Yes, it must be in existence before the tribulation can begin.
Right now we don’t have any sign of any deal. But let’s bear in mind that a large amount of work and negotiating has already been done all the way from the Oslo accord to the most recent Kerry-led talks. So a deal could come about quickly, especially if there is a big war soon involving Israel.
●We must have a ten nation confederacy in the area of the ancient Roman Empire, which today includes most of Western Europe and the eastern leg including Turkey. This is not in existence yet. Must it come about first? NO! When does this actually come into formation? In Revelation 17:12-13 we see the ten kingdoms giving their power and authority over to the beast inside the tribulation period after it has started. So, this doesn’t need to be in existence first.
●Israel must be at peace first and must be a “land of un-walled villages”. NO! This does not mean that the defence walls against the Palestinians must come down first. This refers to the villages and cities of the time period in which Ezekiel wrote the prophecy. Back then all the villages and towns were surrounded with big impenetrable walls. Not one of these exists today except as monuments. None are operational around any village, town or city. In other words Israel today is already a “land of un-walled villages.” Israel is already in a state more peaceful than it was back then. Of course any new peace covenant may add to the picture.
This great Ezekiel war is unlikely to be in the tribulation period anyway. It will most probably occur just before the tribulation begins. So either way, Israel is already a land of un-walled villages.
●The Third Temple must be built first. NO! It does not need to be built first, before the tribulation can begin. The Bible indicates that this Temple must be in place by mid-tribulation for the antichrist to enter it and proclaim himself to be God. The Temple does not need to be there first, but we most certainly could see the beginning of building very soon.
●The city of Babylon must be rebuilt before the tribulation begins. NO! If that were to be the case it would take some 20 years or more to build an entire, enormous city, so big that it would be the capital of world trade, world banking and all the other things the Bible predicts. Prophetic Babylon is a type of the world system. You could stretch that and say that New York is the capital of the world. Numerous other prophecies preclude the rebuilt ancient city of Babylon from being it. Isaiah 13:17-20 says clearly that the city of Babylon will never be rebuilt from generation to generation! The city that Saddam Hussein began rebuilding close to the original site was never completed and is now a tourist attraction the size of a small shopping centre. It is not and could never be a huge commercial city. (Look it up)!
●The Bible speaks of a massive army called the “Kings of east” numbering 200 million coming over the river Euphrates to invade Israel. Some believe that this must be in place before the tribulation can begin. NO! This occurs at some point in the tribulation towards the middle or even right at the end. This does not need to be in place before the tribulation begins. We already do have an army of over 200 million in China anyway.
●Kings of north and south of Daniel 11 must be in place before the tribulation can begin. NO! This is required inside the tribulation and not before, although I would not be surprised to see developments along this line very soon.
●The Gospel will be preached in all world. (Matthew 24:3) NO! This does not need to be in place before the tribulation can begin as some teach. It may in fact already have been fulfilled, only God knows that, but this verse, speaking of the end, could be a reference to the Second Coming.
●The Bible talks of “this generation not passing until all these things are fulfilled.” NO! This does not require fulfilment before the tribulation begins. “All these things” are tribulation events. But we are very close to it right now anyway.
●Shemitah’s and Jubilees and a host of other signs: We are on the cusp of many of these things all coming into fulfilment in September.
So, as we look at these signs above, take note that they do not necessarily need to be in place for the tribulation to begin first. Some may be fulfilled while others may not, but none need to be on the actual stage first before the curtain goes up, except the peace treaty prophecy of course.
►What does this all mean? It means that the tribulation could start this year!
Other important evidence:
●The Muslim in the White House has made it clear he will now back a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council according to Debka File 6th May 2015. Obama is to back Europe’s motion to proclaim a Palestinian state. This is a very serious and dangerous move. Obama is not only messing with God’s word, endangering Israel and preparing to throw her under the bus, he is throwing the US under the bus in the process.
How is that so? There is far too much evidence showing how God brings a nation under judgement that harms Israel specifically in the last days.
The US now voting in favour of the Palestinian state at the UN swings the balance significantly towards the formation of a state within a state. This is exactly the sort of issue that will invoke the anger of God (Joel 3:2)
●At the moment we are seeing new alliances between Russia and China on economic and military fronts.
●Quietly, bird flu is taking a massive toll in the US. So far 20 million chickens and turkeys have been destroyed. This new strain is so virulent it kills entire flocks within days. The problem is the spread of the disease. It has the potential to be a major world economic event and quickly!
●Obama is quietly negotiating a global economic treaty called The Trans-Pacific Partnership. It will destroy thousands of American businesses and jobs.
●Bond yields worldwide are moving in unison towards bubble status. This may be the trigger that sparks a worldwide market collapse. There is so much other economic evidence for a soon-coming severe market downturn.
●Bear in mind that we also have blood moons and other cosmic signs in place, not to mention increasing earthquake, volcano, and weather activity.
There is evidence for a tribulation start in 2016.
The Bible codes or Torah codes as they are also known are controversial. In a nutshell, various people have discovered that the alpha-numeric languages that the Bible was originally written in contain hidden codes. This really is a very interesting but lengthy subject.
This video clip is well worth watching. Click HERE.
There is some evidence for a tribulation start in this year or beyond, but it is not as strong as for the previous years, especially this year.
The big answer:
We will see it coming! No, it won’t come unexpectedly to those who are watching. We will see the signs intensifying. We will see all the forerunners falling into place like a jigsaw puzzle. Yes, it will come unexpectedly like a thief to those who are not ready and not watching. It will come unexpectedly to the end-time scoffers and catch them off-guard and unprepared.
Here is what the Bible says. Note who will see it all coming and who will see nothing at all:
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 (Amp) “You are not in the power of darkness, brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise like a thief. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or the darkness. Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake, alert, watchful, cautious and on our guard.”
Luke 21:29-32 “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you, likewise, when you see all these things happening, know (Lit=I command you to know”) that the kingdom of God is near. I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.” (The word “know” here is in the imperative tense meaning it is a command)
Matthew 16:3 “You say ‘it will be foul weather today for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
2 Timothy 4:8 (Amp) “There is laid up for me the victor’s crown of righteousness for being right with God and doing right...but not only for me but also for all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing.”
Matthew 24:36 (Amp) “Of that exact day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Amos 3:7 “The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Hebrews 10:25 “Exhort one another, so much more as you see the Day approaching.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
The signs will speak:
We don’t need to make the Bible fit this or that prophetic scenario. The signs themselves will speak. As they fall into place, we will know and see them. If they do not materialise this year – tough luck, we will watch and wait until they do.
Of course we may be wrong with this or that particular sign, but this is why it is so important to hear the voice of our Lord as we watch. He will speak in our hearts and show us.
There are two main things to bear in mind:
1) There will be many watchmen who will “see eye to eye” as the coming of the Lord draws near. (Isaiah 52:8)
2) There will be many signs all dovetailing together at the same time. (Matthew 24:33)
It’s not right to simply look for signs. We must know and hear the voice of God and we must know God’s word very well!
There is so much on the go now. Some events are of no prophetic significance at all. Some events are of importance and some only become important when combined with other events.
What to watch for:
In the coming days there are numerous prophetic signs we can watch for, while there are many that are not directly relevant which we need not be concerned about.
Here are some of the tribulation forerunners to watch for:
●Watch for news events and developments with any peace treaty or deal between Israel the Palestinians and “the many” of Daniel 9:27. This would undoubtedly be the UN.
●Watch for the nations to turn against Israel more and more.
●Watch for the war in Syria to get significantly worse. Watch for Israel to enter this conflict in some way.
●Watch for Iran do step out of line with its nuclear ambitions.
●Watch for Yemen and Saudi Arabia to remain allies of the West (They are “Sheba and Dedan” of Ezekiel’s great war. See edition 255.)
●Watch for Israel’s Arab enemies who surround her, to become more active. This will manifest in conflict in the Golan region, and with Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS and the Palestinians in Gaza and the so-called West Bank.
●Watch for Russia’s aggression to spread into Europe fuelling what will become WW111 and then watch for Russia to be drawn into Israel in some way.
●Watch for earthquakes and volcanoes to increase in frequency and intensity, and watch for an increase in weather upheavals globally.
●Watch for outbreaks of diseases that can spread worldwide fast, both in humans and animals.
The big take-away:
So what can we say about all these things? We can’t be 100% sure of the exact timing of the coming of the tribulation and the rapture. We can be 100% sure that it is very soon. It may be this year, next year or the year after, but It is highly unlikely that it will be after that.
Are you ready for the great shaking to begin even now? Are you ready for eternity? Or are you still full of all your garbage and pre-conceived ideas that are contrary to our Lord’s word? Are you still a friend of the doomed world?
What if it is this year? Do you realise that it’s very likely and probable? Are you ready? The great tragedy is that most people will be caught by surprise and be completely unready!
Do you realise that if you urgently prepare your life for eternity and it doesn’t come now, you have lost nothing, and only gained with our Lord anyway!
Watch the world’s media now. Watch for the signs. They are already developing. Watch the big world players now. Keep yourself informed of prophetic developments. Above all, keep your heart pure, clean and ready for our Lord.
I took this lion family picture in the Mabula Game Private Game Reserve.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 258. May 6th 2015
The characteristics of the tribulation:
The characteristics of the tribulation:
The tribulation period will be the worst time ever, but with a very powerful, strong and positive outcome. Don’t focus just on the tribulation, but the end result of purity and holiness.
Those born of the Spirit of God now will not go through the tribulation, but because it is a major part of the end-time picture and a huge part of the scriptures we must look into it. If you know your Bible, you will know that a large part of the church as revealed in the messages to the seven churches in the book of Revelation does go into the tribulation.
The tribulation culminates in the greatest failure in world history and the greatest victory ever. It is the culmination of all of Satan’s attempts to derail the plans of God, judged, and cast into hell. It is the final victory of God’s great, wonderful, marvellous plans.
The tribulation will be a time of personal torment, stress and suffering to the point of desired suicide by masses. At the same time we see masses saved and set free during the time period.
There are many characteristics of the tribulation period that we will see emerging and growing now before the tribulation begins. The majority will occur exclusively in the seven-year period, but many of them have forerunners now.
In this edition, I will deal with some of the characteristics that have forerunners and then look at the overall nature and characteristic of the entire period.
What is the tribulation?
Briefly, it is referred to as the time of “Jacob’s trouble”, the “seventieth week” of years as recorded in Daniel. It is the tribulation and great tribulation referred to in the Revelation.
It is the culmination and completion of the Old Covenant, which was put on hold for the Church dispensation or age. It is a time period in which God primarily deals with “Jacob” being Israel and the Jewish people. It is a very specific time of exactly seven years made up of Hebrew years containing 360 days each.
It is a time period of distinction, in which the judgement of God upon the world system comes to a climax. It is a unique time in which the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature all explode onto the world scene for this climactic conclusion of the world system under Satan. It sees the return of our Lord and casting into hell of all the unsaved on the earth.
The end of the tribulation sees the end of the Adamic curse upon nature as it is freed into glorious liberty, just like it was before the fall.
The tribulation period sees multitudes saved, becoming “tribulation saints”. It is the doorway to the millennial reign of Messiah.
Judgement is not the end purpose. It is the means to an end. If you have a very dirty shirt, you can’t clean it without it going into the water. The water isn’t the end of the process, the clean shirt is.
God is holy and everything about Him is holy and right. His soon coming Millennium – that follows the tribulation, will be completely holy. The heavens and in fact the whole universe will be holy, pure and full of the glory of God forever.
The further away you go from God and His ways (even as a Christian), the more you will be filled with impure, unholy, evil. It is these who are the chief complainants against the judgements of God in the tribulation.
The danger of the tribulation:
What has happened over time is that the church has hidden its light and become self-obsessed. The church has not spoken out against the sin and evil of the world, and the result is that the devil has gradually removed the values and virtues and absolutes of the Bible from society and inserted his own.
Biblical principles have been removed from more and more aspects of life with the resultant extreme change in value systems. Sin and evil advance and are progressive because they have a advancing, progressive god. The world has become corrupted in the extreme! It is beyond repair.
The world is beyond repentance. It can only be destroyed and re-created. This happened once before at the flood of Noah.
Don’t underestimate the powers of the tribulation! Here is the sad, tragic situation revealed in these two verses below:
Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him (antichrist), whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Note that it is only the tribulation saints, those born again in the tribulation that will not be sucked in to Satan’s world.
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them for He is Lord of lords and King of kings...”
The main, overriding characteristic is love.
This is what the word “tribulation” means:
Tribulation: Strongs H6862 “Tsar” meaning: Narrow, distress, hard, tight, oppressed. The Greek New Covenant version is G2347 “Thlipsis” meaning: A pressing, pressure, distress, affliction, persecution, aguish.
Do you know what a “tribulum” is? It is a farming implement used for thrashing and crushing wheat. It is the same root word for tribulation!
Just looking at these word meanings alone – it’s not a pretty picture is it?
It will be the worst, most intense time of death and destruction the world has ever seen, so why then do I say that the main characteristic of the time is love?
If you have a three year old kid and he is playing with a razor blade, is it love to take it away? Of course it is.
If the world has been corrupted from top to bottom and departed so far from the ways of God in every area, is it love to return it to God’s clearly revealed desire and purposes? Of course it is. Love and evil and sin don’t go together.
The tribulation is the great clean-up, the final destruction of evil and sin as God sets up a universe of purity, holiness and eternal glory.
The only way you can say that this great clean-up is not love is if you don’t believe sin is sin and evil is evil. If you believe that it’s your democratic right to live as a homosexual or in any other form of sin, of course you’re not going to like it all being judged and destroyed.
Note that the word meanings for “tribulation” above are mostly psychological. So, this time period is going to be the great working out of the final clash of modern human rights with God’s rights and ways. The resulting stress of a world facing defeat and judgement is seen in those word meanings.
Oh no! I’m not suggesting that the troubles will only be psychological – not at all. They will be hugely demonstrative and globally massive in their tumultuous physical destruction.
When absolutely everything that modern man has put his beliefs, trust and actions in comes crashing down, the world will freak out!
Here are just a few of the Bible verses showing the psychological effects and characteristics of the time:
Revelation 6:4 “Another horse, fiery red, went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword.”
Revelation 6:15-16 “The kings of the earth, and the great men, the rich men and the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and free man hid themselves in caves and rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.’”
Revelation 9:6 “In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die and death will flee from them.”
Revelation 9:20-21 “The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons and idols of silver and gold, brass and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
Revelation 11:18”...The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come.”
Revelation 16:9 “And men were scorched with great heat and they blasphemed the name of God, who has power over these plagues, and they did not repent.”
Now, in these verses above we see mankind trying to seek death to escape the wrath of God. We see important people like world leaders trying to hide from the judgements of God and we see the greatest tragedy of all; people refusing to repent and actually turning on God and blaming Him.
They knew these tribulation judgements were coming from God and instead of repenting they accused Him.
Let me ask you this: Do you believe that homosexuality, abortion, wild living with no restraint and all forms of perversion are basic democratic human rights? If you are part of the family of the modern world, you would say yes absolutely yes!
Here is my answer to you: You don’t know God. You have never even met Him. Your Christianity is a big lie; you are a counterfeit Christian. You are not saved. You have no respect or even understanding of the ways of God. Your Bible is your own belief system. You are living in a blind fool’s paradise.
Will you be able or equipped to deal with the powerful spiritual forces at work in the tribulation?
As you slide into the tribulation period, you will be slaughtered mentally by Satan, God, nature and man. All the garbage that you have clung to, which has become part of your very being, will be stripped away in judgement. Will you repent then?
Let me remind you that your life is not your own, you don’t own it. God created you for His purposes. You are a thief of your own life if you have given it to the ways of the world.
Here’s a powerful thought: Do you know why true born-again believers will not go through the tribulation? It’s because we are pure, holy, righteous, and sin free now! Oh yes we are! Before you get mad and think, how outrageous, let me explain to those that don’t yet understand.
This is the single biggest differentiating factor between true Christianity and all other religions. At the new birth we are made new in spirit. Our wall-to-wall human spirits are re-created supernaturally by our Lord and we are made perfect. If we are run over by a bus one day after salvation we will be saved because we are perfect.
But this purity and perfection and righteousness resides in our spirits and not in our souls. It is the soul where the gradual renewal has to take place. The biblical way is that salvation works from the inside to the outside, while all other religions work the other way and fail.
So, we are already perfect in spirit and ready for eternity and our sin which is in the realms of the body and soul are removed by the work of the cross.
It is the unbeliever who is unclean in every realm of his life and only has himself to come to his own aid. He is destined for the tribulation and its judgments.
Dirt and scum, clean and pure:
There’s something not nice about being a dirty mess (unless your name is Hagar the Horrible.)
Today the world is full of dirt and scum of all types and forms and it’s getting worse quickly.
The answer to the massive increase in the world’s crime, rioting, stealing and fall from the virtues of God can be found in one single, profound verse, and of course it’s application.
Hosea 4:2 “There is no truth, mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed after bloodshed.”
The rest of this chapter goes on to show the terrible consequences of a world without restraint. But note the reason in the first place. It is when the knowledge of God has been removed from the land.
Now, as we get to the tribulation period, the “restrainer” of evil is removed. The restrainer is the true Church indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And what is the result? It’s a world gone satanically mad! It’s a world that has become a cesspool of dirt and scum, evil idolatry and witchcraft.
If our Lord were not to clean up the scum and dirt, He would not be a God of love.
Is God unfair?
Many believe that God will be unfair by judging what has become normal behaviour, in the tribulation. They believe that any form of judgement or severity upon them is not fair.
Firstly how can He be unfair, when He has told you all these things beforehand? How can He be unfair when His warnings have been before your eyes all your life?
No He is not unfair He is most fair and all-worthy.
Revelation 5:9 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing.”
Betrayal, Persecution and martyrdom:
The tribulation period will be marked by one terrible characteristic, which is betrayal even to death or martyrdom. Our Lord speaks of this as one of the signs of the coming of the end.
Matthew 10:21-22 “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death and you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
Note that it is believers, family members and those who are close to each other betraying each other.
The chief cause of Christian persecution is spiritual. It is the outworking of conflict in the spirit world. Don’t for one moment entertain the idea that it is because of this or that problem with the Christians themselves. It’s a matter of the darkness hating the light.
This will be in full swing in the tribulation, but let me ask you this, would you betray someone you don’t like - even a family member? How could you if the love of God is really working in you? I understand it because I’ve come under persecution many times for this publication.
It’s not just the betrayal though; it’s also persecution in general that will be intensifying massively in the tribulation. In fact we are already seeing it starting up now.
Again many accuse God of being unfair. They ask, “How can God allow such terrible things to happen to believers?”
The answer may surprise you!
Martyrdom happens in a flash, not like some drawn out sickness. Beheading happens in a flash. But here is the astonishing thing: God allows these things to happen, but the end result is eternal special reward that lasts forever.
Martyrdom brings special rewards as does any form of persecution for the Lord’s sake. So here is the devil and his people thinking they have won a victory by killing Christians, while in fact the truth is the opposite. They are doomed and the believer is eternally rewarded!
John 16:1-2 “These things I have spoken to you that you should not stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes the time is coming that whoever kills you will think he offers God service.”
Revelation 20:4 “I saw thrones and they that sat on them, and judgement was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their forehead or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years.”
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death where is your sting?” O Hades where is your victory?”
The futility of sin and evil:
The tribulation period is the final judgement of God on a sin - and evil-filled world.
God has warned over and over again that His judgements are coming on a Messiah-rejecting world. If you respond positively to our Lord and His word, condemnatory judgement will not be coming your way. If you heed the warnings, peace is your future.
Know this: There is a consistent theme that runs throughout the scriptures and this is: God is right. His ways are blessed. The ways of self, the world and those originating in the demonic are cursed, doomed and will be judged. Simply, it’s blessing or judgement.
The spectacularly magnificent end:
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them for He is Lord of lords and King of kings...”
This deeply satisfying verse shows the results of a deceived, blinded world surrendering to the devil himself. As we’ve seen in other verses in this edition, these satanically maddened people even try to make war against our Lord. Talk about a futile exercise!
But note the obvious, inevitable, glorious conclusion: “The Lamb will overcome them!”
For believers now before the tribulation, and those who become believers in the tribulation, it’s not just a case of being on the winning side; it’s a case of being right with God, clean, pure, holy, righteous and part of His wonderful family forever.
The big take away from this edition is this: The tribulation is Satan’s last stand and God’s response. It is all manifested in the attempted attacks on God and His family by modern man and world full of demons.
There is extreme futility in every aspect of a life outside of salvation in Messiah. A life pursuing self, lived for and ordered by self is empty and hollow, unfulfilling, isolated, alone, awaiting great terror.
Alternatively what joy to live with purpose, with fire in your heart, in great expectation, alive with abundance of knowledge, understanding and wisdom of heart, awaiting inexplicable, incomprehensible, eternal glory and wonder?
The pursuit of our great King the Messiah of majesty is a magnificent obsession, producing light, love, meaning and fiery spirit.
The true person of God is other-worldly, can’t be controlled or manipulated by man and the media, unshakeable, deeply mysterious, and filled with passion.
I took this picture in the Namib Desert of a Camel Thorn tree. I removed the colour and created a few effects and then combined the flower for the overall effect.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 257. April 29th 2015
Do not underestimate the gravity and importance of this edition!
If Obama warns on something, you can safely laugh it off. If the God of the universe warns you on something you are an idiot if you laugh it off.
Today God is warning the Church. His standards and requirements have not changed. It is the deviant church that has changed and is bringing judgement upon itself.
In many cases the judgment has already fallen. The Spirit of the living God has moved out and an illegitimate spirit has moved in. These churches are blind to this. They haven’t even noticed that they’re serving the god of the world.
Unfortunately most people know nothing about the warnings of God, because they’ve been taught not to worry about anything severe emanating from God.
“Consider both the goodness and severity of God”, says the Bible! So what does the erring church do? It removes severity and considers only goodness! Have they got a surprise coming!
There are numerous verses of scripture revealing the horrifying end of a large part of the Church who did not heed God’s warnings.
Some of these verses are: ●“Depart from Me, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23). ●“The love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). ●“I will spew you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16). ●“I will cast you into great tribulation” (Revelation 2:22). ●“I (God) will kill your children with death.”(The church of Thyatira; Revelation 2:23). ●”You also will be cut off”. (Those in Replacement Theology; Romans 11:22). ●”The five foolish virgins were locked out.” (Matthew 25:11) ●”The time will come when sound doctrine will be cast aside”. (2 Timothy 4:3) ●”In the latter times many will give heed to doctrines of demons”. (1Timothy 4:1.)
The question is why is the judgement coming? What is the primary cause of the Church getting into such a mess? Is it repairable?
Of course there are many things that have led a large part of the Church astray, but there are only a handful of deeply underlying causes.
In this edition I want to centre in on the biggest underlying cause of the problems and the reason why many who believe they are fine with God, will end in hell.
►The Bible is full of warnings on this very issue and yet it is unpopular and seldom taught today.
Identifying the big issue:
The cause of the sick church is a sick heart. It is a heart full of disease, which is about to be attacked!
The heart that does not know the fear of the Lord is in a desperate situation. A healthy heart automatically keeps beating, and fresh clean blood flows from it to the whole body. If the heart has a blood clot or some disease within it, it will not work properly and the whole body will be affected.
The big ticket spiritual-health item for our hearts is the fear of the Lord.
What the fear of the Lord is not and is:
The fear of the Lord is not an attitude of respect or reverence for the Lord. The fear of the Lord is not a natural fear. It is not a demonic fear or spirit. It is not a fear taught by commandments of men.
►The Hebrew word “fear” in the verses relating to the fear of the Lord is “Yirah”: (Strong’s H3374). It means ‘fear’, ‘terror’, ‘awe’, ‘respectful.’ The Greek version of the word in the New Covenant is translated as ‘fear’, ‘dread’, and ‘terror’. (Strong’s G5401)
This is the summary of the word from all its uses: Fear, terror, awe, dread, respect. The word respect or reverence is not the meaning as many claim. That is only one of the meanings, which on its own is too weak and gives a false understanding, because it excludes the other main word-meanings.
The best definition I ever heard was from Derek Prince many years ago. He said “The fear of the Lord means to fear Him.”
The term “fear of the Lord” or “fear the Lord” occurs 110 times in the Bible and the word-meanings are consistent.
Job 28:28 “Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”
How do you engender the fear of the Lord?
Psalm 34:11-12 “Come you children, listen to Me and I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life?”
Psalm 25:12 “Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself will dwell in prosperity.”
You must choose it and you must want it! You must then come before our Lord in all sincerity and ask Him to do for you exactly what these verses proclaim.
Trying to teach people who don’t fear the Lord is futile, God won’t teach them – leave them to carry on in their own way. Let me inform you that the Bible speaks of few and many. Few go the right way and many go the wrong way! That principle is throughout the Bible.
As we grow in this wonderful and devastating fear, we become more usable to our Lord. In fact even our Messiah had the fear of God.
Hebrews 5:7 “In the days of His flesh Yeshua was heard because of His Godly fear.”
Psalm 2:11 “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.”
Acts 9:31 “The churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”
Reasons to fear the Lord:
●Because He says so. ●Because God has devised what works best. ●Because He decides on your eternal reward and loss of reward. ●Because He has the keys of heaven and hell.
The three main institutions that God has set up for a strong nation, Church, State and Family should all be on a firm footing under God. Because the fear of the Lord and His word has been removed, like a tripod in an earthquake, its all-fall-down!
Today we are seeing a worldwide melt-down in family, church and state. To me that’s not surprising at all, because there is no fear of the Lord around anymore.
So, what can you do about it? You can embrace and cultivate the fear of Lord yourself in your own life. You are responsible for your own life.
One thing you can’t do is remove the warnings and judgements of God. You can tear those verses out of your Bible, and in fact burn your entire Bible. That will change nothing! You will still face God in judgement, like everyone will, either for reward or to be condemned to hell.
John 16:8 “When He comes He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement...”
Fruits of the fear of the Lord:
Here are the fruits of the fear of the Lord compiled only from the verses in this edition. There are many more:
●Wisdom, ●understanding, ● forsaking evil, ●going the right way, ●dwelling in prosperity, the blessing of the Lord, ●being heard by God, ●rejoicing, ●peace, ●a clean life, ●service to the Lord, ●edification, ●comfort of the Holy Spirit, ●safety, ●hope not cut off, ●not visited with evil, ●riches, ●honour, ●health, ●strength, ●a full life, ●fountain of life, ●strong confidence, ● church multiplied.
Fruits of the fear of the Lord removed or watered down:
With the fear of the Lord removed, changed or watered down, you will not know God’s warnings! Why should you? No fear of the Lord – no fear of His warnings, right? If you fear the Lord, you will know, fear and take heed of His warnings.
This one single paragraph above is huge. It is enormous in its implications for you and the whole world!
Proverbs 1:28-30 “They will call on me but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me, because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof.”
These verses (above and below) are amongst the most incredible, spectacular verses in the Bible! Note in the verses above that even those trying to call desperately on the Lord will be met with a deaf ear from Him and note the reason why. They tried to approach God full of self and had no fear of the Lord. They rejected His ways.
Then note in the verse below that it was God calling and trying to reach the individuals concerned and they did not answer or come to God His way. They are also rejected.
Isaiah 65:12 “I will number you for the sword, all you shall bow down to the slaughter; because when I called you did not answer; when I spoke you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”
Do you see the severity of disobedience to our Lord? These people were seeking God and the others were being sought by God and both were rejected because they had no fear of Him or had not forsaken their evil ways! You see, you can seek God in sincerity, full of yourself and your own ideas and you will get nowhere at all.
The consequences of going into eternity without the fear of the Lord in your life now, are far too great for me to comprehend or entertain for one second. So when I hear someone trying to water this down and change the meaning to reverence alone – I switch off!
In many respects the shocking condition of the world is the fault of the church and its loss of the fear of the Lord. As goes the spiritual, so goes the natural!
The great exchange:
If you reject or water-down the fear of the Lord, automatically, without your knowledge or consent, a new “fear” will enter and dominate your life. This is the fear of Satan or the fear of the world. Perhaps this could be better expressed in the term “approval” of men and the world.
Galatians 1:10 “Do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Yeshua.”
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
John 12:43 “They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be safe.”
The human wisdom of man is not acceptable to God until or unless it has gone through the cross of our Lord.
If you have no fear of the Lord you will be a man-, world- and devil-pleaser, full of idolatry and evil in disguise.
Success based on the fear of the Lord:
Proverbs 23:17-18 “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but in the fear of the Lord continue all day long, for surely there is a hereafter and your hope will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it shall abide in satisfaction and he will not be visited with evil.”
Proverbs 22:4 “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honour and life.”
Proverbs 3:7-8 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil, it will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.”
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
Proverbs 14:26-27 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence...the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.”
Please note in the verses above that the fear of the Lord has dramatic implications on every aspect of your life.
The tragedy of tragedies is that many will go full of self-confidence and self-assurance to meet our Lord in judgement. They will be totally unprepared.
If you have no fear of the Lord you can fearlessly change the Bible and ignore doctrines that you don’t like. Many ministers have no fear of the Lord and they use manipulation and other worldly tools of the trade to influence people.
If you have no fear of the Lord you don’t need to get rid of sin. In fact your idea of what sin is will be clouded.
It is not okay to mix all the garbage of the world with your Christianity.
1 Corinthians 10:21 “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons...”
Leviticus 20:23 “You shall not walk in the statutes of the nations which I am casing out before you; for they commit all these things and therefore I abhor them.”
Ezekiel 20:18-19 “I said to their children in the wilderness; ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourself with their idols. I am the Lord your God, walk in My statutes, keep My judgements and do them.’”
The fear of the Lord in us produces acceptance of all that is of our Lord. It leads us to brokenness and surrender. It makes our lives an instrument of worship. It cleans us up fast. It silences all our arguments against God’s ways and word. It makes us holy and pure, usable in His hands. It gives us ears to hear Him. It leads us into doctrinal purity and unity.
Without the fear of Lord you will be unholy, full of spiritual dirt. You will be full of pride and self. You will be a walking mixture of truth and error. You will be deaf to God’s word and He will not hear you. Your spiritual life will be dry and empty.
My friends we are fast approaching the most dramatic times this world has seen. We are fast approaching that great eternal impassable gulf between heaven and hell.
Are you ready? Are you ready to meet God face to face?
1 Corinthians 14:8 “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?”
1 Peter 4:17 “Judgement begins in the house of God.”
It’s a good thing to remember that God’s warnings and judgement are always based on His word, His righteousness, and His holiness and not on what you or I think. They are always for our ultimate good.
How to know if the fear of the lord is not in your church:
The fear of the Lord is not in your church if the preaching and teaching is centred on the promises of God.
It is not in your church if the preaching and teaching is motivational and how you can be happy and successful in this world.
It is not in your church if the teaching and preaching does not include discipleship, brokenness, humility, repentance, eternal hell, denial of self, and hatred for the world system, identifying the demonic and victory over evil spirits.
It is obviously not in your church if there is little or no preaching and teaching on the cross of Calvary and how to take up your own cross daily.
It is not in your church if your church is not on a collision course with homosexuality, abortion and the values emanating from the modern news-media and entertainment world.
Today, people call us bigots or living in the past, or many such things, because we don’t tolerate the values of the world. “Don’t you know about the human rights of the homosexual or the slanderer, or the foul mouths they say”?
You see, it’s not about human rights. They hate the fact that we are not like them! They want to change us and bring us down into their world!
May I share with you some personal testimony on this subject? I was born again in 1976 and battled with the world initially. A group of friends and I, got together in 1980 and decided to be radical for our Lord. We set ourselves apart to fast and pray until our “determination lists” were done or at least on the road.
This began a massive lifestyle change for me and an extreme, radical determination to do whatever our Lord wanted. My main driving force was a passionate desire to know my Lord more and more so that I could make Him known.
I embraced and applied the message of brokenness and surrender, and sought the fear of the Lord with an ongoing passion. I embraced the cross, and took up my own cross by denying almost everything that my life’s course has been going along in previous years. I drew up a denial-of-self list containing many things to deny and get rid of. Many of these items were not sins or sinful at all.
The funny thing is that this time of casting myself down like a worm was the most wonderful time ever (and still is.)
I discovered quickly that there was a glorious exchange that takes place. “I must decrease and He will increase” is the word!
I discovered the power of the great holy contradiction that dying produced a fantastic, wonderful life in the Spirit, and have never looked back.
I haven’t fully arrived yet. I will when I arrive! But there are so many amazing glorious things that I’ve encountered that you would not believe me if I told you half of them. They all came from the power of the cross, its application, the fear of the Lord, brokenness, surrender, death to self and the like. I have received very little of value in my life from positive confession, naming and claiming and the regular prosperity / faith gospel. Obviously I believe the Bible – all of it, including all the prosperity verses, but I’ve learnt over time that these are not for a glorified, me, myself, life in this world.
Our Lord is warning the world and the church now, that He is coming very soon and it will be as the Lion of the tribe of Judah for judgement. The Spirit of God brings conviction that judgement is coming. Can you see and hear it coming?
Numbers 10:9 “When you go to war in your land against your enemies, then you shall sound the alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God...”
While the world and the majority of the church marches down the road of great error and deception you can and must choose the fear of the Lord! Your most significant spiritual growth will come in your own private life as you seek and apply these things.
The fear of the Lord is a great and powerful holy contradiction – it is the only way to stand before God in confidence! The fear of the Lord is your greatest friend.
Don’t mess around with your own fancy ideas relating to the things of God. Just believe and accept and do them as plainly revealed in the scriptures.
Nobody will ever rob me of my fear of the Lord or explain it away and water it down! It is far too important, valuable and precious.
This is one of my old style paintings. It’s a white or square-lipped rhino.
I took this picture in the Etosha Game Reserve. It is one of the biggest in the world, larger than the Kruger Park and the most spectacular in the world from my point of view.
Shalom and grow in grace!