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Isaiah 52:8 “Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.”
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Alan Horvath: Excellent teaching and word study on the Shmittah year (Urgent message) Here
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●There are no “lone wolves” Islam is not alone. The religion of Islam as revealed in their book, calls nearly 200 times for violence against “infidels”! This religion of hatred, revenge, murder, torture is on the rampage worldwide – It’s still early days!
●Stories flying around the Arab world report that Obama may be about to change policy by supporting Syria’s Assad together with Russia and Iran. The reason is to increase the pressure on ISIS. –DebkaFile. If this does come about – keep your eye on Isaiah 17!
●Nazi swastika begins appearing all over the US, even as toys for kids.
●Israel has just discovered a new huge undersea gas and oil find. This is called the Royee Field with about 3.2 trillion cubic feet of gas.
●The Russian rouble continues its freefall putting enormous pressure on their economy. Unstable Putin may react like a cornered mad-dog soon! Russia raised rates by a massive 17% in one go to stop the currency slide. It continued to slide. The rouble has now lost 50% of its value this year.
●Both Hamas and Hezbollah prepare for next war against Israel (Israel Today December 16th.). You can find the story Here.
●Four Christian children beheaded by ISIS for refusing to convert to Islam! (December 16th.)
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Edition 238. December 17th 2014
What believers and unbelievers will be judged for?
Every human being’s life will be examined closely by God from the basis of His word.
The only absolutely sure thing for every human being is judgement. Not liking that won’t make it go away. Knowing all about it and preparing one’s life accordingly is not only wise, but satisfying, fulfilling and purpose-giving.
Very few people know anything about their coming judgement, even within the church, to their own detriment.
In this edition I want to give you some clearly spelt out truths, so that you can apply them in confidence.
Please be aware that the judgements of believers and of unbelievers are worlds apart. They are eternal worlds apart! And let me clarify that a believer is one who believes, and acts on his belief through the new birth by faith. I am not talking about one who believes in word only.
We must also understand that God’s judgement upon everyone is eternal. The consequences and the effects of it, are eternal.
The first and most important thing to bear in mind is that you were created by God for a specific purpose of His own. This must change your entire perspective on life and purpose for being. “You are not your own”, says the Bible. Unfortunately most people have stolen their lives for themselves.
The tragedy of our day is that most Christians compare themselves with everything of today. They fit in perfectly with the average norm. They are a bride not divorced from the god of the world. They’re a lukewarm body with a head still connected to all the idols of the world. They’re a million miles from God’s requirements.
The judgement of the unbeliever:
Almost all unbelievers, at least those who believe that there is a God, believe that they will be saved based on their works. They think that they have tried hard, been more good than bad and have been sincere in their beliefs and true to the values of the present world.
No one is saved on the basis of their works. All people who are not born again will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgement, where the Lamb’s Book of Life will be opened and their name will not be found in it. Then their book of works will be opened and their works will be found not perfect – that is the passing grade if you choose works to be saved!
They are all cast from there into an eternal hell. There will be different degrees of punishment and judgement in hell. (Revelation 20:11-15.)
It’s not just your motives that matter. It’s also the purity of your life that matters. Motives out of an unsaved heart and an un-renewed mind will fail you.
A good example is this: The woman known as mother Theresa (she was no mother to me) believed that she was to bring comfort to dying people leaving them to be Hindus, Muslims, or whatever religion they were. She made no challenge to their devil-religions ever. She led no one to the Lord. She was a true Universalist, like Ghandi, Obama, Mandela.
It is only the work of the cross of Calvary, and the shed blood of Messiah that saves and sets truly free.
The unbeliever’s terror is that all that they expected, thought and presumed that they were fine with God. They will all be found wanting. Their great terror will be that they can’t go back and do things again and that they’re eternally trapped and imprisoned.
►Don’t be such an idiot as to think God will judge you the way you think you should be judged!
The Judgement of the true believer:
No true believer will ever appear at the Great White Throne Judgement. That is exclusively for unbelievers.
True believers were in effect judged with our Lord on His cross. This was our salvation-judgement. Our future judgement has nothing to do with salvation – that’s signed sealed and delivered. All believers will be judged for their works. But be careful, it’s not works in general, its works as led and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Bible does not say that a glass of cold water given will be rewarded. It says a glass of cold water given in His name will be rewarded.
Every action, work, deed, and even every word spoken will be assessed and judged for reward or loss of reward. Do you know that you’re being watched and everything you do and say is being “recorded”?
So, you think that’s a bit scary? Well even our thoughts will be brought into judgment. After all, our thoughts produce and lead to our actions.
Don’t tell me you can’t control your thought life – hogwash! We are commanded to cast down thoughts that exalt against our Lord. We are commanded to “think on these things.” Thoughts of hatred are likened to murder by our Lord. Now there’s something we will all lose some reward for!
The great entrance:
2 Peter 1:10-11 “Brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you will do these things (previously mentioned) you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Yeshua the Messiah.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
These two wonderful verses are an amazing promise from our Lord. They speak of a great entrance into heaven surrounded by a magnificent “grand stand” of witnesses who are observing the great entrance. Who knows just who this “cloud of witnesses” is. They could be angels; they could be all the people that know you who have gone on before you.
Some believers will scrape into heaven instead of having an “abundant entrance”. They will have all their works burnt by fire, yet they will still be saved. They will lose the reward which was to be theirs, forever.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 “If anyone builds on this foundation (Yeshua) with gold silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it, because it will become revealed by fire; and the fire will test each ones work of what sort it is. If anyone’s work endures he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Okay that’s the basics. Let’s have a look at some of the big-ticket items for which we will be rewarded or suffer loss of reward.
We will be rewarded for how we responded to and applied God’s plan for us into our lives. Did we do what we were created for and called for?
The true Christian life is not about formulas and law keeping. No law-keeper or formula-driven religious expression comes even close to living the true Christian life.
These formulas all have one fatal flaw. They presume that you can live the Christian life. You can’t!
The real Christian life is for failures. It’s for people who can’t live it! It is not for liar-law keepers, who look down at all who don’t keep their laws their way, in spite of the fact that nobody can keep the law and if you fail in one you fail in all!
The true Christian has an indwelling God or Lord that He responds to. This is the way of truth. The true Christian life is from another planet – another life-form. It is a foreign life-form alive in us speaking, leading and guiding.
Our Lord Himself proved this in saying “I can of My own self do nothing. Without the Father I can do nothing.” This is a great and powerful deep, secret principle and the only way that is acceptable to God.
It’s not a case of try harder to live the Christian life! That’s the way of frustration and failure. It’s a case of die to self and this will mark a wonderful transition into supernatural life simply flowing in and through us.
The goal of the true Christian life is not prosperity, power, Christian fame and fortune. It is union with God and hearing His voice and obeying it.
The disciples soon realised that Yeshua was not alone. He had an indwelling God whom He communed with. Can others sense that you are not alone and that you frequently go to be alone with your indwelling God? Can others sense that you are totally different?
Our journey is beautifully portrayed in the feasts of the Lord. Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles encapsulate all seven feats and symbolise our journey from salvation (Passover) to the Pentecostal experience (Pentecost) and into union and dwelling with God (Tabernacles).
You can’ get to Tabernacles without going through Passover and Pentecost! Final victory depends on our willingness to surrender and die to self will and the world, and to allow God to shine His life through our lives. God’s conquest of you will take you into acceptable holiness and that holiness into eternal reward.
God calls for daily sacrifice. It’s a choice. This produces depth and the highest level of experience in Him. This is the way to the power of His resurrection and power to live right.
The crown flows from the cross and its application into our lives.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “Our light affliction which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are unseen, for the things which are seen are temporary, but the tings which are not seen are eternal.”
Isaiah 57:15 “Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit.”
Have you fought the fight well? If you have you would know well that the journey to the Promised Land involves much warfare. Are you an over comer?
Revelation 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Israel and the Jew:
If you are saved, God is in you and He is in you with His word and plans for Israel, the land and the people. It’s born into you. It came with the new-birth. It’s part of the package deal! But many who are saved have a blockage between their own mind and will and God’s. The will of the mind and its attachment to the world must be broken.
Please have a look at this powerful verse. We know that Ruth is a type of the Church and Naomi a type of the Jewish people, soon to be saved.
Ruth 1:15-16 “Naomi, look your sister-in-law (Orpah) has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law, but Ruth said, ‘entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go I will go, your people (Jews) shall be my people, and your God my God...”
Orpah turned her back and went back to her people and their gods. This is a type of the counterfeit or harlot church. She is a type of the church of replacement theology and the modern anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian church. Even Orpah’s name means “to turn the back”.
Ruth, a type of the true Messianic Church, followed Naomi, the type of the Jew back into the land after they had been resident in Moab. They arrived at Bethlehem at the time of the barley harvest (a type of the rapture). Ruth then married Boaz and became part of the lineage of King David and our Lord Yeshua!
Will you become a betrayer? Are you a Judas? Already half the church has betrayed God’s plan and word for Israel!
We are at a cross-road right now. The world is turning against Israel, led by part of the church and their deceived leaders.
Many leaders of the church have invented the most evil, wicked and blasphemous doctrines relating to Israel. Replacement Theology in all its forms is perhaps the worst, but again as in ancient times, Israel is about to be betrayed in a wicked way far worse than in Nazi times. Whose side will you be on? I know and feel right now that many reading these words will fall under the deluded deception of the demon spirits of Hitler and Judas.
Deuteronomy 23:9 “When the army goes out against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing.”
Those who stand with and for God’s word on Israel will be rewarded.
Betwixt and between?
Are you a nominal believer? The word “nominal” means “in name only.” If you are you are not a Christian.
There are no in-between believers at the end of the day. People are born of the Spirit of God or they are not. But many believe that they are believers because they go to church and do churchy things and keep laws and perform rituals. They celebrate Christmas and Easter. They pray and try to be good. They think they are saved, but when the pressure is on their fruits are evident.
●Here’s a nice little bit of linguistic gymnastics with powerful spiritual meaning: Good – God = 0!
One sure thing about the false church full of counterfeit believers is that they will end up with the false Messiah.
The harlot church will end up as the eternal whore of the devil.
Jeremiah 2:17 “Have you not brought this on yourself in that you have forsaken the Lord you God when He led you in the way? And now why take the road to Egypt (type of the world)...your own wickedness will correct you, and your backsliding will reprove you...and the fear of Me is not in you.”
Why do so many have trouble in this life? “In the world you have tribulation; in Me you will have peace.” Too many are in love with the devil’s world. He has got many in his grip. They have no fear of the Lord. The Lord has been removed from the institutions of the world and there is no fear of Him anywhere anymore.
The fear of the Lord will keep you from the fear of man and the pressure to find the approval of man and the world.
Once saved always saved?
Yes, yes I know this is controversial, and I know all the arguments. I’m not convinced, simply because there are too many verses implying the loss of salvation. The most well-used verse to support the once saved always saved position is:
Romans 8:38-39 “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.”
There are other similar verses. They all have one problem. They all correctly speak of nothing external being able to separate us from God. They all miss out the one who can separate us – self or one’s own free will.
A person can lose salvation in the same way that he got it, by free choice. You can set your heart and mind to reject and eject our Lord and His Spirit by your own free will.
Here are some verses implying the loss of salvation:
John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire and they are burned.”
2 Peter 2:20-21 “If after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Yeshua the Messiah, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end for them is worse than the beginning, for it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it and turned from it.”
Revelation 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (The phrase, “I will not blot out his name implies that it can be blotted out.)
Revelation 22:19 “If anyone takes away from the words of the prophecy of this book, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city and from the things written in this book.”
Psalm 69:27-28 “Add iniquity to their iniquity and let them not come into your righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”
There are many others as well.
I’m not suggesting that a person jumps in and out of salvation; but that it is possible according to these verses to lose one’s salvation. Many times, not always, people arguing in favour of “once saved always saved” have a little or no fear of the Lord.
A most powerful doctrine able to really assist you in your walk to glory is this knowledge that it’s possible for self - will to take you all the way to hell. What a brilliant reason to get rid of and crucify self-will!
If we do things the way we ought as revealed in the scripture we will be victorious, overcomers – able to walk forward in confidence with our Lord. Not self confidence, but confidence in Him. We will be successful in standing against the schemes of the devil and we will be successful in our overall calling.
Excuse me for sharing this bit of testimony, but I think it is appropriate to our subject. A few months ago I suddenly had a serious heart issue. My first thought and action was prayer and the second was to get down to the doctor. With the help of both, I’m better but not quite right yet.
Immediate thoughts of eternity came flooding in. Then came the thoughts of readiness. Am I ready, I thought? Well, I renewed my old salvation prayer, sought forgiveness for all and everything and declared my unending love for my Messiah.
Because going to heaven is a journey none of us have taken, there is still an element of fear involved. I don’t care who you are, the thought of standing before our Lord for the judgement and assessment of our life’s work is scary indeed.
Confidence is one thing and yes we can have it, but the fear of the Lord must parallel it as well.
There is no second chance at life! The Bible warns in many places of large numbers of believers falling away in these days. The Bible warns of increasing deception in these days.
How wise it is to “walk circumspectly”, “examining ourselves to see if we are in the faith”. How wise it is to “number our days.”
I took this picture with my Hasselblad camera as a storm approached across the great plains of Etosha, Namibia – the most spectacular game reserve in the world and one of my favourite places!
If you want to see some more pictures of this incredible place, click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 237. December 10th 2014
Jerusalem the centre-stage!
Jerusalem, the centre-stage!
When we talk about Jerusalem from a prophetic point of view we are talking about a lot more than ancient stones and modern buildings. We are essentially talking about the Jewish people and God’s prophetic word to them, as well as the physical city. We are talking about God’s plans and Satan’s opposition.
Many of the verses dealing with Jerusalem include Israel and the Jews, so just bear that in mind as we go on.
We must also understand that God has a different way of working with and dealing with Israel from His ways with the Church.
The last word on Jerusalem was delivered thousands of years ago. The last word will not come from any modern spineless, sold-out-to-the-devil politician. The last word is God’s word – it’s impossible that it will not be fulfilled perfectly.
Jerusalem is mentioned 880 times in the Bible.
Why the contention
The entire issue of Jerusalem, Israel and the coming mass salvation of the Jews, is all about kingdoms in conflict. It’s essentially a spiritual issue.
But as far as Jerusalem is concerned, it’s a dwelling issue!
Our Lord wants to and will dwell there and Satan wants to and will for a very brief season.
It’s all about choice. No, not democracy - God’s choice and Satan’s choice! Here it is spelt out so vividly and clearly:
Zechariah 3:2 “And the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebuke you Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you.”
Zechariah 2:12 “The Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem.”
We know from numerous verses that the antichrist, indwelt by Satan himself, sets up his rule from the new Temple, shortly to be built in Jerusalem.
Why does the world hate Israel and support the Palestinian cause? It’s because they hate God and have chosen the way of Satan by not choosing God’s way. And why does much of the church and the Interfaith Movement hate the Zionist state and exalt the Palestinians? –Same reason!
You’re a fool to argue with God!
Before we even get into the meat of this edition I would like to share with you a profound verse of scripture on Jerusalem that is soooo for today!
A friend of mine, Shirley Fouche, who shared this verse with me, said “she would like to share the verse with Mr. Netanyahu, the Knesset and the world out there”. Well, Shirley, I can help with the “world out there” and perhaps it will arrive on the PM’s table as well!
The event takes place in Jerusalem. Nehemiah arrives at the Temple Mount to survey the recently destroyed Temple and the walls of Jerusalem with the purpose of rebuilding the walls.
He runs into opposition from a number of people who are Arabs and the originators of today’s Palestinians. Nehemiah tells them that God is with us and that the Arabs have “no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem.”
Isn’t that very interesting? About 440 BC the founders of the Palestinians are told just what the situation is! Today, nothing has changed!
Nehemiah 2:19-20 (Nehemiah comes to Jerusalem and views the wall) “But when Sanballat the Horronite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard of it they laughed us to scorn and despised us saying, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem.”
Sanballat brought with him the armies of Samaria where he lived to deal with “these feeble Jews.” Samaria is the modern day West Bank.
Sanballat means, “Sin has begotten.” It comes from the moon god - Sin. Moon worship and symbols are all over Arab and Muslim institutions.
►Here’s something interesting: The original words used in Nehemiah 2:20 “You have no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem are as follows: “No heritage” is Strong’s H6666. It means, “No judicial right.” Note the string of sixes! Six being the number of man under sin. The word “Memorial” is Strong’s H2142 and means – “no remembrance originating from records.”
►I hope the gravity of that verse alone has grabbed your attention!
God’s word and plans for Jerusalem:
I have walked the dusty streets, wandered around the mountains and hills of Jerusalem, always with an excited feeling of incredible anticipation. I have never been into the Catholic monstrosities built over holy spots – and never will. For me, Jerusalem always has a powerful future-element to it. I could say much about this but God’s plans are perfectly revealed in these verses:
Note that we go from “no longer being pulled up” to war with huge destruction and ultimately to peace.
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.”
Zechariah 14:12 “This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all people who fought against Jerusalem. Their flesh will dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”
Zechariah 12:9-10 “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem and I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son...”
Zechariah 13:8-9 “It shall come to pass in all the land (Israel) says the Lord, that two thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one third shall be left in it. I will bring one third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’, and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Micah 4:11 “Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, ‘Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.’ But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.”
Isaiah 60:14 “The sons of those who afflicted you (Nazi’s, Catholics etc,) shall come bowing to you, and all those who despise you shall fall prostrate at the souls of your feet; and they call you the City of the Lord Zion of the Holy one of Israel.”
Isaiah 62:1-4 “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed forsaken...for the Lord delights in you and your land shall be married.”
Jerusalem, the rule of the devil:
For a short season the city of God’s choice will be infiltrated by Satan promoted by his sidekick the mass-media.
A new Temple will soon be built on the Temple Mount. This Temple will be the one in which the antichrist sets up his rule and declares himself to be God. It will be the Temple of deception. Many Jews in the tribulation will swear allegiance to this evil god masquerading as the true God.
Our Lord took a whip to the defilers of the Temple once before. This time He will return to the Mount of Olives, go through the Golden Gate and into the Temple. The Bible doesn’t say exactly what follows, but we know from other portions of scripture that He will rule and reign from a new Millennium Temple, which will not be on the Temple Mount.
Perhaps this is because the Temple Mount and third Temple have been defiled and polluted by the antichrist.
This third Temple will not endure. It will last for perhaps three and a half years.
It’s not just about the Temple. In the tribulation period, Jerusalem will be the centre of much drama, conflict and war.
Zechariah 13:8-9 shows that one third of the people of Israel will die in soon - coming conflict over the land and the city.
Jerusalem was once before left desolate because it did not know the time of its visitation. Because of this, the visitation of Satan came in like a flood. Now we are back to the same scenario. Jerusalem again does not recognise the time of its final visitation. Satan will come in like a flood.
Only towards the end of the tribulation, will the Jews recognise their impending “visitation”, as Satan and his hordes are cast out.
The mass media’s word on Jerusalem:
The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world. His world has a mouthpiece and voice which is all of the world’s media, celebrity, etc. God’s kingdom is in the hearts of true believers and He has a mouthpiece and voice as well. It is His disciples, His prophets, His people. The two kingdoms are in growing conflict.
The world’s mouthpiece is doing its job well. It is stupefying, deadening and deceiving the world with age-old lies dressed in modern garb.
God has a clear distinct plan for Israel and Jerusalem in these days. Of course Satan has the opposite plan as presented by the mass-media. Satan’s plan is a giant well-orchestrated lie – the biggest ongoing lie ever.
The lie is that the Palestinians have a legitimate claim to Israel and Jerusalem.
Hitler and Jerusalem:
Here are some Hitler quotes. You could blindly apply these to the modern mass-media!
●“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will all believe it.”
● “How fortunate it is for leaders that the masses do not think.”
● “A real leader is one who can move the masses with the media.”
● “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
The above quotes can be applied perfectly to the world’s view on dividing Jerusalem and the two-state solution! It’s almost as though Hitler knew he was writing these for the future mass media. Has Hitler risen from the grave? No of course not, but his satanic spirit is alive and well and at work in the media, Satan’s servants.
CNN, BBC, SKY and others of the world’s mass media – you are puppets of the devil and his servant, Hitler. Maybe it’s time for some re-branding. Perhaps you should change your name to Goliath TV or something as appropriate.
Did you know that the city of Jerusalem will be divided very soon? In fact it is already in a mini-division. Did you know that the Bible predicted this 2500 years ago?
This dividing of the city parallels with the dividing of the land of Israel.
This is the cry of the nations of the world. All the world’s intellects, religious elite, powerful politicians, corporate business leaders and the big-deal media are all blowing the trumpet of division. They say with one voice that Israel must be divided and Jerusalem must be divided.
They suck their satanically inspired programme from each other and ultimately from the god of the world -Satan himself. They are Satan’s servants and voice. They think they are working for world peace! They think that because there are so many of them in unity that they must be right!
Here is what God says:
Zechariah 12:2-3 “Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Jerusalem and Judah. It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who heave (divide) it will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations are gathered against it.”
Joel 3:2 “I will gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.”
So, in the two verses above we see that God promises war upon those who try to make peace by dividing the city and the land! Isn’t that interesting? Here are the leaders of the world and their foul, demonic voice piece - the mass media, working against God and expecting peace, when He specifically says war will be the result.
Jerusalem is the time-clock.
Whichever way you look – time is running out!
Jerusalem is already the most contentious city in the world. Already the harlot church, the Catholics, have their eye on it. ISIS has eyes on it; all Muslims have eyes on it. Obama and co. have interfering eyes on it. It really is the centre of the world.
The UN has not recognised Israel’s right to East Jerusalem and has rejected Israeli claims many times. They believe that East Jerusalem is integral to a Palestinian state and the two-state solution, which they believe will bring peace.
The two-state and divided-city solution is on the march. It has been through turmoil but very soon something will occur, some event will occur that will speed up the entire process.
Another major issue of the day is the attempt by Netanyahu to make Israel an official Zionist state with Jerusalem as capital of Jewish Israel.
God operates nationalistically. Of course He deals with people as individuals, but He also deals with families, and with nations based on ethnicity. In the verse below the word translated “nation” is the original word “ethnos” meaning ethnic. This doesn’t imply racism, but does imply dealings by national identity.
Acts 17:26 “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”
This issue is on the go right now and will cause conflict. We have God’s ways vs. man’s ways and never the twain shall meet!
It has been a Jewish city since the days of King David 3000 years ago and will continue to be so according to God’s word.
The modern church’s word on Jerusalem:
In many respects the modern church’s word on Jerusalem is the same as the media-inspired and devil-led word of the world. Why would this be? Simply because most church members today have their source of information in the world and the opinions of the media.
Many church leaders know more about what the devil has to say than what God has to say in His word and by His Spirit, especially on these issues.
Jerusalem - the downfall of the US:
Right now Israel is in grave danger. She has enemies all around her moving closer in. She has enemies in the UN, the US, the EU and all over the world. Now Israel is in political turmoil and possible transition to a new government.
The new election in March will bring back Netanyahu or a new more liberal, pro-dividing the land and city leader. This will inspire the world to move forward in unison and will bring the wrath of God onto the stage.
Obama has made it clear that he does not want Netanyahu back again. He wants a new Israeli leader that he can manipulate. He wants a new leader that will play the devil’s game.
Obama, you are working with and for Satan and you are going to bring your wonderful nation, the USA down into the ashes! Obama, don’t you know that with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews you are messing with God’s eternal covenants and the “apple of God’s eye?”
Zechariah 2:8 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: He has sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you (Jerusalem) touches the apple of His eye.”
United States government – you are playing with fire. But listen, Obama, it’s not ordinary fire you’re messing with. This is the fire of God, you moral coward and sell-out to the devil. This fire of God has far reaching consequences on the whole nation.
What is your word on Jerusalem?
Most people couldn’t care at all. But very soon God will make them care! You will be required to have an opinion and it will have great dramatic consequences for you! You can go with the majority consensus which is the way of Satan or you can go with the minority Biblical, Godly view. The former will sound right and reasonable, but as with all these things we are in a spiritual climate and battle.
True Christians do you realise that Israel’s enemy is your enemy (think about it.) Israel’s friends are yours. Israel’s fight is yours. Do you stand with God’s many decrees and promises for Israel?
Isaiah 40:1-2 “Comfort, yes comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord double for all her sins.”
In the following verse we see the importance of the “key of David.” This “key” is defined in the Isaiah verse. It is those who have a fatherly or compassionate attitude to inhabitants of Jerusalem – the Jews.
Revelation 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts and He who shuts and no one opens.”
Isaiah 22:21-22 “...He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open and no one shall shut; and he will shut and no one shall open.”
Church warning signs:
God’s end-time plans for Israel, the Jew and Jerusalem are so very important – much more than you can imagine. They are and will be the rising fence from which many will fall, some this side into heaven and some that side into hell.
If these things are so important, you would expect God to inform, instruct and warn His people wouldn’t you? Well that’s just what He has done in His word, more times than any other subject in the Bible! His Spirit has been and is enlightening His word on these things now– can’t you hear Him?
So why are so many churches silent on these things? These same churches speak very little of Satan, hell and God’s enemies. You need to run away from any church or minister that is silent on God’s enemies.
In most cases the churches that are silent on God’s plans for Jerusalem are the same ones that are proponents of the evil satanic doctrine of Replacement Theology.
I warn you directly – this entire issue is right on the cutting edge of what God is doing now. If your minister can’t or won’t see that, he is not of God’s Spirit and you are in infinitely more danger than you can imagine.
So many times I hear of people questioning their church. They want to go where the truth is upheld. They want to be right with God but feel uncomfortable and constrained in their present church situation. They feel it has nothing to say on eschatology and they are out in the dark.
The end of the story:
Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Zechariah 8:3 “I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.”
2 Chronicles 6:6 “I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there; and I have chosen David to be over My people.”
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son and grieves for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
Zechariah 8:23 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you.”
These are critical times and issues. These are issues of great conflict. Satan knows his time is just about up. Our Lord is coming soon. You need to know these things so that you can stand with and for the truth and against the dangerous deceptions and errors out there. The fence is rising!
For the next few months or so, I’ll share some of my own art creations. Most are mixed media works combined with collage elements, gold leaf, fabrics and other items. I’ve used some digital effects in some. My style is abstract but with slightly recognisable forms within the work and always lot’s of textures. This one is part of a series on crosses using an ethnic theme.
I took this picture recently from a chopper flying over the Dragons Back in the Drakensberg Mountains as swirling “waterfalls” of mist beautified the landscape. Note the rare circular rainbow around the shadow of the chopper. Pilots call this their “guardian angel.” (By the way I mentioned my friend Shirley earlier, who shared that Nehemiah verse with me. She and her husband used to run the Cathkin Peak Hotel at the base of the 3000m mountain on the horizon. A nearby mountain is named after her grandfather.)
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 236. December 3rd 2014
The rapture nears!
The rapture nears!
Do you think you will go in the rapture? A huge number of people who think they will - won’t! The reason I wrote the previous edition, “What is a Christian” was for this purpose!
Many ministers of the gospel who reject and downplay eschatology, (the study of end-times) mock, scorn and ridicule those of us who love eschatology. For some reason they particularly like scoffing at the rapture.
In spite of these irritants, the subject of the rapture and where it occurs in relation to the tribulation, has the most intense interest of all subjects among true believers. The enemies of eschatology just can’t make it go away!
Listen, Mr. Post-tribber, this entire issue is very important – but it is not a salvation issue. It is not an issue for division – you guys need to remember that and calm down with your insults!
I would like to share some amazing truths with you on the rapture of the church, most of which I haven’t shared before. We are getting a lot closer my friends!
These truths are irrefutable. I encourage you to take this very seriously and adjust your lives in line with biblical holiness.
This is an unashamedly pre-tribulation rapture position!
Interpretation and logic:
Bible prophecy requires a fair amount of study. We need to get into original words used where necessary. The Bible itself says in a number of places, that “calculations” are needed. Most times Bible prophecy is logical and clearly apparent. But there are a few times when God throws in something really confusing, I think just to humble us!
It is most important to understand that the Holy Spirit is the prime interpreter. You say “well that’s obvious”! Not so fast there.
If you study the history of interpretation of prophecy you will be shocked at the huge mess created by the unholy spirit working in so-called men of God. Much of this mess still prevails in the church today.
For those interested, the monumental 700-page book by Dwight Pentecost, “Things to Come”, is about the best you can get. (Published by Zondervan.)
The so-called church fathers in the pre-Catholic era and into the early Catholic era made an absolute mess of interpretation of prophecy. All of them without exception were anti-Semites and saw prophecy through those eyes. They were NOT of the Spirit of God.
You may be surprised to know that the reformers – all of them - were no different. They were all anti-Semites apart from the Wesley brothers, although the church they formed is an eschatological abortion today.
None of the reformers taught truth relating to eschatology. Is it any wonder that the offshoots of the reformers – the denominational churches - are not only silent on eschatology; they are blind, deceived and the enemy of God in this regard, especially relating to Israel.
Of course I believe that God did use the reformers in some instances, but not in anything to do with eschatology. These reformers created what has become 33,000 ‘Christian’ denominations. God desires unity. They have created division.
As we study the Bible we must be at peace with its author in our hearts. It is the Spirit that speaks and leads and guides. (John 16:13.)
Irrefutable pre-tribulation rapture revelations:
Many of the post-tribulation rapture position claim that the book of Revelation is not in chronological order. It most certainly is. If you read it you will see it! If you count the number of “thens” in the Revelation, logic dictates that it is in chronological order.
Revelation 5:9-11 “They sang a new song saying: You are worthy to take the scroll. And to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands.”
If you didn’t read those verses above please do so. Now we are going to see something astounding as we apply basic logic to the verses.
Here we have a company of masses of people “redeemed out of every tribe, tongue and nation”. These are not angels as some critics maintain. Angels are not redeemed out of all the nations! Yes there is an angelic company here also, and there is a company of “heavenly creatures.” We also have the 24 elders here in this company as well.
By the way, its only human beings that are “redeemed by the blood of the Lamb”. Heavenly creatures and angels are not. So, this proves conclusively that these are human believers. The elders are always identified with the Church.
So, this massive congregation in heaven includes living creatures, angels, elders and redeemed believers. Here is the crunch:
This takes place before the opening of the seals and immediately after the messages to the seven churches. These redeemed in heaven are singing to the Lamb and saying that He is worthy to open the seals. The opening of the seals starts the tribulation!
Do you see that?
At this point in time the tribulation period is just about to start on the earth.
So what are these elders and multitudes of people doing in heaven just as the tribulation starts on earth?
The only way they could be there is by rapture! This is so clear, yet many can’t see it!
Here’s another incredible proof of a pre-tribulation rapture: Let’s presume a post-tribulation rapture for a minute. Let’s also presume that the book of Revelation is not in chronological order. How on earth do you make those verses fit? They don’t fit a post-trib rapture at all. The seals which begin the tribulation are not opened at the end of the tribulation!
By the way, this also refutes a mid-tribulation rapture.
Sorry, post-tribber – there is no way around this. There is no other explanation other than a pre-tribulation rapture.
More pure logic:
Revelation chapters 1-3 contain 16 references to the church. All of these are in association with the seven messages to the churches. Then suddenly in Revelation 4:1 John hears a voice like a trumpet rapturing him into heaven where he receives the Revelation.
The rest of the book does not contain one reference to the Church, except for some views of the Church in heaven, at the marriage feast and others events in heaven. The only believers seen on earth during the seven years are people that have become known as tribulation saints or those who are saved during this time. Jews are seen fulfilling the work of evangelism on earth. There is no Church on earth during this time. This is such clear proof of a pre-tribulation rapture.
The verse below speaks of “escaping all these things.” What things are these? Our Lord has just finished describing many of the events of the tribulation period.
Luke 21:36 “Watch and pray that you may escape all these things...”
Escaping these things is not being protected through them, besides, tribulation saints (those saved in the tribulation) will not be protected at all. They will be martyred en mass.
Okay, now let’s extrapolate the verse into a post-tribulation rapture position. What do you have to “watch and pray” to escape at the end of the tribulation? Why would you want to escape the Millennium?
Two very significant statements in the Revelation are worth taking note of. In Revelation 2:22 the Church of Thyatira is promised by God that it will be cast into the great tribulation. The description of this church makes it pretty clear that it is referring to the orthodox churches like the Catholics. But the language implies that if these go into the tribulation others won’t.
In Revelation 3:10 the Church of Philadelphia is promised by God that it will be kept from the tribulation. Again the language implies that if these don’t go into the tribulation, others do. Many believers will not go through the tribulation. Many professing Christians will go into the tribulation!
A problem verse, or is it?
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition...and now you know what is restraining, that he might be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
People often get the above verses wrong. They say, “You see, the rapture can’t happen until the falling away occurs, and the antichrist is revealed.” What this verse actually says is that the Day of the Lord, which a term for the whole tribulation period, can’t begin until falling away occurs, the antichrist is revealed and the restrainer of evil is removed.
The original words used for “the falling away” could also be translated, “the departure” which refers to the rapture and not the apostasy of the church, although both will occur.
Now, let’s extrapolate the verses into a post-tribulation rapture position.
That would mean that the rapture, the revealing of the antichrist and the restrainer being removed all have to happen at the end of the tribulation. Why would the antichrist be revealed at the end of the tribulation? Why would the true Church indwelt by the Holy Spirit (the restrainer) be removed as we go into the Millennium?
Do you see that it just doesn’t fit!
The Lot example:
We know the story of Lot and his wife being removed from the evil city, Sodom, before the judgement of fire fell upon it. This is a type of a pre-tribulation rapture. Lot was not protected through the fiery judgement but removed completely to another town called Zoar.
Now look at these two astounding verses below. Note that God says He can’t even begin the judgement while Lot is still there in Sodom.
Genesis 19:22-23 “Hurry, escape there (from Sodom). For I can’t do anything until you arrive there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen when Lot entered Zoar.”
Genesis 18:25 “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”
Do you see the powerful typology here?
The Jericho type:
Many use this story to prove a post-tribulation rapture. But if we look a little deeper into what actually happened there is no argument.
In Joshua 2 we see the story of the Gentile, Rahab, hiding two Israeli spies from the Jericho’s Gentile army who wanted to kill them. She rescues them and is told by the two spies to put a scarlet thread in her window so the invading Israeli army would spare her and her family from destruction when Jericho falls and is consumed by the fire of judgement.
Joshua 6:4-5 “Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of ram’s horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow the trumpets. Then it shall come to pass when they make a long blast on the ram’s horns, and when you hear the sound of the trumpets, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city shall fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
Rahab, is a type of the church. She and her family were removed from the city before it fell to the ground in judgment. Here it is:
Joshua 6:22-24 “But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, ‘Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.’ The young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. Then they burned the city and all that was in it with fire...”
In verse 23 we see Rahab being brought out of Jericho and left outside the camp of Israel. This was so that they could be purified.
By faith she was made clean and delivered from God’s wrath seven days before judgment. This is a powerful type of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
There is another very powerful example in this story that believers would do well to take heed of. Rahab was a Gentile who helped Israel fulfil her calling. She hid the spies in her home thereby facilitating the God-inspired journey of the Jews to the Promised Land. This simple act brought God’s favour to her and her family.
Today we are in a similar situation. Do you want God’s blessing or cursing on your life?
I’ve wandered around the ruins of Jericho, not far from the modern town. I had an eerie feeling alright!
The Enoch type:
Enoch is a type of the Church. He was a Gentile, being born before the official formation of the Jews. He was the seventh from Adam.
Enoch was born on the day of Pentecost. He was rapured alive on the day of Pentecost. Some believe that this means the Church will raptured on the day of Pentecost.
I believe that the typology refers to the entire church age or dispensation, encapsulated between two days of Pentecost. It is stretching things a bit saying that the rapture has to occur on Pentecost, although it is possible. Remember we are dealing with types and shadows here.
Enoch born and ratured on Pentecost associates him with the church which is associated strongly with Pentecost in many ways.
Enoch was taken by rapture before the flood of Noah. He was not protected through it, but raptured to heaven. His rapture is consistent with the other types I have referred to in this edition and numerous others that you’ll find in other editions.
If Enoch is a type of the rapture of the Church, isn’t this interesting: Jude 14 “Now Enoch the seventh from Adam prophesied about these men also saying, Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints...” When does this occur? It is right at the end of the tribulation period – the Second Coming. And note who it is coming back with our Lord. It is a great company of “His saints.”
The Joseph type:
Genesis 41:45-57 reveals the story of Joseph and the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine. Joseph, a type of our Lord, takes a Gentile bride before the seven years of famine. Israel and the whole world suffered the famine. The famine is a type of the tribulation.
Proof in Contraposition:
One of the great proofs of a pre-tribulation rapture lies with almost all denominational churches as well as the Catholics. Their ministers universally reject the baptism of the Spirit. They have created a world of division, while God’s Spirit leads into unity. They are almost universally great friends of the devil in a million areas. Many of their doctrines are of hosts of demons. They are almost universally anti-Semitic, pro-Palestinian, against God’s work in and with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
They are universally of the post-tribulation rapture position. That means that the truth lies in the opposite view.
Another powerful proof of a pre-tribulation rapture lies amongst the Messianic Judaisers. This is a group within the Messianic movement, who insist on trying to bring people under the law. They reject dispensations, and the age of grace. They are universally post-tribulation rapture adherents.
The truth would be in the opposite view that they hold, which is the pre-trib rapture.
God does not pour His wrath out on His own people. The tribulation period includes the wrath of God.
Romans 1:18 “The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth.”
Colossians 3:6 “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.”
Proverbs 11:23 “The expectation of the wicked is wrath.”
Isaiah 13:9 “Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it.”
Ephesians 5:6 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”
Romans 5:9 “Having being justified by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to wrath...”
Revelation 6:15-17 “The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall upon us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand.’”
Luke 21:36 “Watch and pray that you may escape all these things...”
The rapture in the Old Covenant:
Here are three verses from the Old Covenant that imply a pre-tribulation rapture:
Isaiah 26:20-21 “Come my people enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past, for behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Zephaniah 2:1-3 “Gather together O undesirable nation, before the decree is issued, before the day passes like chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you! Seek the Lord all the meek of the earth, which have upheld His justice, seek righteousness, seek humility, it may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.”
Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
As said right up front, the post -trib / pre-trib debate is not an issue for division. But as you see there is strong powerful evidence for the pre-trib position. It is also a powerful tool of evangelism. The post-trib position is not.
If you look at the other rapture editions (grouped in the “Editions by subject” index) you will see that there is a lot more evidence. Putting it all together paints a compelling picture.
Proverbs 3:13-17 “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding...All her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her and retain her.”
Psalm 52:8 “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”
Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
I took the lion picture in the wilds of Botswana and my red setter puppy in the wilds of my garden! And why this picture? Well, you know our Lord is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and heaven is full of animals and creatures! Okay, okay I know it’s corny, but its fun!
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 235. November 26thth 2014
What is a Christian?
What is a Christian?
The truths contained in this edition are profound. Please don’t just gloss over it all. This could affect your eternal destination and the quality of it. If you’re doing just fine, that’s good news, but you can also be a powerful influence in the lives of others.
Today far too many so-called Christians live in a deluded world of presumption and deception. Our measure is always the Bible itself and not the opinions of man and the masses.
If you know your Bible you will know that few are saved at the end of the day and few amongst those who are saved will be fully rewarded.
What constitutes a Christian?
A true biblical Christian is one who has been born-again of the Spirit of God by wilful choice at a point in time (like a natural birth).
It is a supernatural event in which a new creation is formed. Something supernatural occurs in your heart and identifies you with our supernatural God. The counterfeit is the one who believes in God but has the supernatural new-creation missing. Christian religion is the way of the counterfeit, while new-birth relationship is the way of the true Christian.
A true Christian then needs to go successively through the convocations of adult water baptism, rejecting infant sprinkling at the same time, (which is an occult practice), baptism in the Spirit is required, and ongoing study of the scriptures is required.
These are the first steps and principles of growth on our journey to maturity after conversion. Unfortunately today, there is little emphasis on the desperate need of Bible study.
People will never enter the kingdom of God through enthusiasm, excitement, or any emotion no matter how sincere. Entrance can be gained only by the supernatural new-birth – nothing less.
The way of salvation cannot be in human reform, because that does not bring to life the divine spirit in us. Death is irreparable, and can’t be made alive. This is where many fall short. They think that because they do the things their church does and don’t do other things, they’re saved. Wrong!
The unsaved are essentially the walking dead and no amount of change, reform, labour, law-keeping, effort, good works, holy conduct or any such thing makes that death alive to God.
A true Christian is one who has been formed by God for God. The true Christian is one who is full of life – the life of God and its fruits. Sin only drops off as the power and energy of the cross by God’s Spirit works in the individual’s heart.
The true Christian is one with an internal element of joy even in unhappy circumstances. He has an element of freedom, peace and liberty about him. He has an element of the mysterious about him. He is hated and loved.
●He fights a war which has already been won!
●He has died yet is more alive than ever.
●He lives here on earth but is not at home here.
●He is full of the wisdom of God and is a fool in the world’s eyes.
●He takes up a cross because he is unworthy, yet he is of infinite, immense value to God.
● He is empowered by the cross to die to self, the world and the demonic, but spiritually he is already seated in heavenly places.
●He hates his life in the world yet is full of the abundant life of God.
●He sees himself decreasing and as wretched, yet is more than a conqueror.
●He sees that One far greater than the one in the world is resident in his heart.
●The true Christian knows that he is saved and yet his salvation will be complete at the resurrection of the body. He is saved, yet works on the ongoing salvation of his soul.
●He is not bound by legalism or licence, but lives in liberty.
●He has a supreme love for our Lord yet walks in fear of Him.
Philippians 2:12 “...Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Above all the true Christian will be known by his fruits.
The pathway of truth!
Much of Bible prophecy relates to your personal destiny and your eternal state. It’s well worth knowing these things well.
I want to lay out these basics, so that there is no ambiguity or doubt in your mind.
Because we are in a spiritual environment ruled by spirits with constant warfare, we must realise that the true will always be hated by the false. The good will always be challenged by the evil, the right by the wrong and so on.
You must know that as we move on with our Lord of glory there are attackers out there trying to bring us down. Many of them are right in the church. In fact some of your greatest enemies may be behind the pulpit!
Consider these shocking truths:
Acts 20:29 “For I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”
Deuteronomy 13:13 “Certain corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of the city saying, let us go and serve other gods, gods whom you have not known.”
1John 2:18 “Little children it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it’s the last hour. They went out from us, but were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us...”
Revelation 18:24 “In her (Babylonian church) was found the blood of the prophets and saints and all who were slain on the earth.”
Galatians 1:9 “If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
Note that in these verses above, severe warnings are issued against deception arising from within the church. We will always be attacked by outsiders, but we often have our defences down relating to insiders!
Persecution from outside is nothing to be worried about – it will always be there. But attacks on the truth from within are a much greater danger.
Now have a look at this shocking verse:
Isaiah 30:10-14 (Amp) “They say to the seers ‘See not; and to the prophets, prophecy not what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophecy deceitful illusions. Get out of the true way, turn aside out of the path, cease holding up before us the Holy One of Israel. Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel , because you despise and spurn My word and trust in cunning and oppression (of the righteous), in crookedness and perverseness, and rely on them; Therefore this guilt shall be to you as a broken high wall ready to fall, whose crash will come suddenly and swiftly, in an instant.”
The enticement to serve and worship other gods is all around us today. Many things quite harmless have been turned into idols and many things deadly in nature have been accepted and elevated.
Our natural life (soul) and it’s attachment to the world is a formidable obstacle to our spiritual lives and most are not even aware of it!
Actually, only God can satisfy a Christian's heart; man and his laws and traditions cannot. The world and its idols can’t. If you are supernaturally born of a supernatural God you will be satisfied in Him and with His word only.
God’s ways of working in us:
God's means of delivering us from sin and self is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. I love the words of John the baptist – “I must decrease so that He will increase.” It is only as self is delivered to death that new life arises.
I know a woman who is a real Jezebel. She is dominated by self-will – to the extreme. Finally, after being rejected she ‘broke down’ and booked into a healing spa where she was pampered and encouraged. Wrong! That only strengthened her problem which is self- glorification. What she needs is to die. To take up her cross and deny self.
There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of one’s life and discover that you’ve been on the wrong course all along.
Soulish Christians generally lean towards emotion, reason or intellect and want self to be glorified, accepted and allowed to rule.
Unless self-love is abandoned, the believer will always turn away when called to take up his cross!
God’s way of deliverance is altogether different from man’s way. Man’s way is to try to suppress sin by seeking to overcome it and to elevate self. God’s way is to eliminate you the sinner!
Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all rights to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of our Messiah.
As you grow in the Lord, you must become a traitor to Rome, Babylon, the Reformers, the world system, Hollywood, celebrity-obsession and perverse entertainment.
God wants a great big family and He chose you to be part of it. That is why you were born in the first place. His new universe is going to be a lot more spectacular than any of us can imagine. There will be no sin, no cruelty to animals. A wonderful new universe awaits. We will have homes designed and built by our Lord. In fact His team has been at work on our homes for the last 2000 years!
Your heart and doctrine:
We must know and understand that the heart of man is the problem. This is where impenetrable pride dwells. By nature the heart of man is connected to Adam and sin. In fact the heart of man is alive to Satan until our Lord moves in. This is why it’s so important to have a soft, broken, contrite heart before our Lord.
Have a look at these verses and note how important the issue is.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
John 3:19 “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
James 3:17 “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy.” (Verse 15 – The wisdom from below is demonic.)
Proverbs 3:32 “The perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret counsel is with the upright.”
Only once our hearts have been well prepared does the ‘seed’ of God’s word take root and begin to revolutionise our lives. Truth in a well prepared heart will make you a child of the living God, full of life, love, hatred, glory, wonder and beautiful depth of character.
God’s living truth will lead you from within into a whole new world! Even your Christianity will be radically different from the Babylon-formed religion all around us. You will develop a love for doing things His way.
It’s easy to get it all wrong though – follow the world and follow the doctrines, traditions and opinions of man and many ministers.
Why do so many Christians love the devil?
The devil operates in the Christian’s life through the self-life, the world system and the demonic. If you don’t know that and how to identify each area and attack, you are wide open to the devil!
Many, in fact most Christians, are in love with the world. If that is the case, you have to be in love with the spirit behind the world which is Satan. You can’t separate the two! Most Christians are not aware of the self-life as an enemy and again are wide open to the devil as they continue to live for self.
Today we are in a world that has moved far, far away from God and His ways. It’s in your face everywhere and is filled with the demonic. The pressure to conform to the world is everywhere - even in the church.
What is wrong has become what is right. Evil, darkness and sin have all become the acceptable way to go and people love to have it so!
So many Christians love the devil because they can’t see him. Neither can they see his workings like a parasite in their lives.
The “I think” brigade:
●I think I’m okay. ●I think I’m saved because God would never send such a special person like me to hell. ●I think homosexuals have the right to marriage. ●I think abortion is a woman’s rights. ●I think other religions have a legitimate right to God. ●I think Islam is a religion of peace. ●I think its fine to sit under the satanic god - Hollywood, entertainment, and worship celebrity. ●I think the Palestinians have a right to a state within the land of Israel. ●I think Israel is the occupying force.
Hey Mr. “I think;” you are a deceived servant of the god of this world. He is your god and you are going to hell to join up with your god!
The tragedy of the “I think” crowd above is that they are in the church, just like the abomination of desolation to come. They are fuelled by the opinions of the god of this world while the opinions of the true God of the universe lie in a closed book on their shelf.
What a powerful story!
Do you think you’re okay in God’s sight? Here’s a little Old Covenant story, that you’re aware of, but do you know its real message and the severity of it? Here’s is the story in a nutshell:
God led His people out of Egypt at the hand of Moses. This is a type of our being led out of the world after salvation. Then because of their rebellion and sin, God led the children of Israel in circles for 40 years. The typology is that we can be saved, but remain in bondage to the world, not even getting to the promised land of victory.
Have a look at these shocking verses and apply them to the here and now:
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 “Remember the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you to know what was in your heart...” Verse 16 “He fed you in the wilderness, to humble you and test you to do you good in the end.”
Psalm 106:14-15 “But they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. So He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” Verses 35, 40 “But they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works; they served their idols, which became a snare to them...therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance.”
Do you see the great tragedy of the modern church here?
The true Christian will allow God to test him instead of testing God! Do you know how many Christians love the idols of the world and are “lean in their hearts”?
Today the church is in mortal danger. It is “lean in its heart.” Much of it will not get to the Promised Land.
My question to you is this. Do you want to be a normal “lean”, spineless, compromised, half-baked shallow, empty demonised Christian? Or do you want to be one of those written in God’s “Book of Remembrance”? (You might want to look that up and study it.)
1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most miserable.”
1John 5:4 “For whoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.”
The two verses above show the situation of the compromised Christian attached to the world and the result of the true Christian working on his salvation and being delivered from the world in the process.
The reason the true believer will always be hated is because he can’t and won’t assimilate into the world. Isn’t this exactly the same as Israel?
Please don’t think good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. You are ignorant of your Bible if you do. Good and bad people go to hell and saved, born-again people who have gone through the cross, go to heaven.
You don’t believe me – just read the Great White Throne Judgement and you will see all the people being judged to hell based on their ‘good’ works.
1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
Matthew 21:44 “Whomever falls on this stone (Yeshua) will be broken; but on whom it falls will be ground to powder.”
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
I took this picture deep in the Tsitsikamma Forest of this little known but beautiful waterfall called Magwa.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 234. November 19thth 2014
Pre-tribulation rapture expositions:
Pre-tribulation rapture expositions:
In this edition I want to look at just a few words in the Bible. As you will see the use of these words and the exposition of them, makes a post-tribulation rapture impossible and a pre-tribulation rapture the only position that fits.
I have dealt with some of these things before, but not all. Many times we need to see things from a few different perspectives, besides; the Bible says “I will not be negligent to put you in remembrance of these things, though you know them.” (2 Peter 1:12)
Bible prophecy actually all fits together neatly as a jigsaw puzzle. Only when we have the relevant pieces in place can we see the true picture and its transforming power and value.
As always caution is needed. And again, as always, I will not sit in judgement condemning and screaming the odds at the post-trib crowd as they do with us.
By the way, on that subject there is always a connection between those under the law and trying to bring others under the law, and the post-tribulation rapture position.
Likewise there is a connection between those under grace, who reject coming under the law, and the pre-tribulation rapture position.
There is also a strong visible comparison between the fruits of the two. The former sit in judgement of everyone who doesn’t keep their little set of laws their way and obey their post-trib position, and the latter who always (almost always) have some grace about them!
The words that we’ll look at are:
Mystery, Others, Taken, Keep you, From, Hour, Escape.
►Please watch this video clip by my friend Alan Horvath on the subject I’m dealing with. Click HERE.
Alan shares a wonderful revelation from 15 minutes onwards. It’s hidden in the meanings of some original words – profound indeed!
As diligent students of God’s word, it’s very important to understand the original words used in the Bible and also what they meant to the authors of that day. Some words have added meanings these days.
Language has its limitations, but the major ideas and concepts must be kept consistent.
On top of this we must remember that we are dealing with God’s word which itself has a supernatural element to it. It can’t be rightly understood outside of the Spirit of God, its author.
The Bible says that the letter of the word kills, but the Spirit gives life to the words.
The Biblical word “mystery” is actually no mystery at all.
►The Greek word “Mystery” is Strong’s G3466, ‘Mysterion’= “A hidden purpose or secret only known to insiders.”
The word ‘mystery’ is also used in the New Covenant in relation to the Church, the dispensation of grace, the rapture and the backsliding of Israel.
“Mystery” is also used to describe “lawlessness” or “sin”. It is also used to describe “holiness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, 1 Timothy 3:16.)
In the following verses we see that the word “mystery” is used to describe a dispensation, or cut-out time period. We are in the dispensation of grace also called the church-age. It had a defined starting point (Pentecost) and will have a defined end – the rapture.
No part of the Old Covenant is ever called a “mystery”. It is reserved for the church-age alone and other things associated with the church alone. This word does not fit in to a post-tribulation position at all. (Daniel 4:9 refers to the Spirit of God being in Daniel, but this does not mean that the Spirit was permanently indwelling in the same manner as in New Covenant believers.)
Colossians 1:26 “The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.”
Ephesians 3:9 “Grace was given me to make all people see what is the dispensation of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God...”
1Corinthians 2:7 “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages, for our glory.”
1 Corinthians 15:51 “Behold I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet...”
Revelation 17:5 “On her forehead a name was written: Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of harlots- and of the abominations of the earth.”
Romans 11:25 “I do not desire brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
Luke 21:36 “Watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and stand before the Son of man.”
►The Greek word “escape” is Strong’s G1628, ‘Ekpheugo’ = “To seek safety in flight, or to get away from”
This word is self-explanatory as is the concept in its use in the verse above.
How can this verse fit into a post-tribulation rapture position?
If there is a post-tribulation rapture, what are we to watch for? The tribulation and all its events will be over. If there is a post-tribulation rapture, what will the watchers be escaping? To be logical and consistent, we would have to say that watchers will escape the Millennium!
Can you see that the verses and the word “escape” simply don’t fit a post- tribulation rapture? It fits perfectly with a pre-tribulation rapture position.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 “You know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say ‘peace and safety’ then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief. You are sons of the light and day. We are not of the darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
►The Greek word “others” is Strong’s G3062 ‘Loipos’ = “The remaining ones.” The rest of those who remain.”
What an amazing thing this is!
Let’s read the verse again and insert the meaning:
“When they say ‘peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them and they shall not escape...therefore let us not sleep as those who are left behind do.”
Again, this word and its usage does not fit in with a post-tribulation rapture position but fits perfectly with a pre-tribulation rapture.
Please watch Alan Horvath’s video exposition of this word at 15 minutes into the clip: HERE.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.”
►The Greek word “taken” is Strong’s G1096 = ‘Ginomai ‘, = “to arise and come into existence. To be made finished wrought of miracles.”
I will leave my friend Alan to do this one for you, as he does it masterfully.
There is much more in this video clip as well.
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My word to persevere. I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
►The Greek word “keep” is Strong’s G2334 ‘teros’ = “to guard or to reserve or undergo something.”
Again this word used in the context of this verse is really self-explanatory.
We will be kept from the tribulation.
If we are to have a post-tribulation rapture, this entire verse makes no sense.
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
► The Greek word “from” is Strong’s G1537, Ek= “clean away from”.
There has been much debate about the meaning of this simple little word. It is very important though.
Some say the verse means that we will be kept from the evil one and be protected through the tribulation, but not removed from it. Firstly that contradicts many verses showing that those who become believers in the tribulation will not be protected. In fact they will be slaughtered en mass.
Secondly, the logic in the meaning of the word most certainly implies removal from the tribulation.
The word “taken” fits the rapture perfectly.
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
►The Greek word “hour” is Strong’s G5610, Hora = “A season defined by natural law, or season of the year.”
It is obvious that the word “hour” is not a literal sixty minute time-frame in this verse, but as we look at the meaning we see that it can include a larger time frame, but still be well defined. We often use the phrase “in this day and hour”. The meaning is obvious.
Most Bible scholars agree that the “hour” here is a reference to the seven-year tribulation period.
So, it is the tribulation from which we will be kept clean away from!
“Come up here”
►The Greek term “Come up here” is Strong’s G305, Anabaino = “To ascend or be borne up.”
Finally, let’s have a brief look at the term “come up here”.
Revelation 4:1 “After these things (messages to the seven churches) I looked and behold a door standing open in heaven and the first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Revelation 11:12 “After the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them and they stood on their feet and great fear fell on them who saw them, and they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here’, and they ascended to heaven in a cloud and their enemies saw them.”
Revelation 4:1 comes right after Revelation 3, which ends the messages to the seven churches. Now suddenly John is called up into heaven. Many assume that relates to the rapture of the church. John’s being caught up into heaven at this point in time is most certainly a type of the rapture.
But now we see the two witnesses caught up into heaven at the mid-tribulation point.
If we have a post-tribulation rapture these two witnesses precede the church by three and a half years. How can that be?
If we have a pre-tribulation rapture, then there is no problem.
Post tribulation deception:
A common argument presented for the post-tribulation position is this: The early church fathers taught a post- tribulation rapture position.
They claim that Ireneus (130-202 AD), Hippolytes (sounds like a disease you don’t want) and others back then taught the post-tribulation position. That may be so, although others did teach a pre-tribulation position, but the big thing is that these two and the other post-tribbers were vicious anti-Semites. They had a powerful Jew-hating agenda. They and all the other so-called church fathers, up to and including the reformers, were Jew haters.
There is only one question you need to ask yourself. Would trust anything at all coming from these depraved demon led attackers of truth?
I won’t waste time tearing their beliefs apart, which is a worthwhile endeavour; I’ll simply leave it at that. Many times just look at the person and his fruits and you will know truth or error.
The following list is all the teachings I have done on the rapture. There’s a lot of reading material here, but I encourage you to read them as they paint a picture which is essential in these days.
•Edition 10: The rapture.
•Edition 127: Refuting the post-tribulation rapture position.
•Edition 48: The rapture and second coming compared.
•Edition 89: Pre, mid or post tribulation rapture.
•Edition 152: Amazing types of end time events.
•Edition 157: Resurrection.
•Edition 158:The Restrainer.
•Edition175: Rapture revelations.
•Edition190:The rapture demystified and clarified
•Edition199: More rapture revelations.
•Edition207: When will the tribulation period begin?
•Edition210: Post- tribulation rapture problems: (Part one)
Proverbs 3:13-17 “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding...All her (wisdom) paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her and retain her.”
Psalm 52:8 “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”
Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
This is an immature Martial Eagle. I took the picture with a wide angle Hasselblad lens and the remotely operated camera set, and looking up.
Shalom and grow in grace!