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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.”
These “watchmen” are a treasure in these days. They are not blind wolf-criers like so many and we may not agree on every little detail, but these men of God have an important message. I do not sanction the other videos in the YouTube sidebars or the comments. Click the links to go there. As you desire you can subscribe to their ministries and you will be notified of new material.
King of Kings is a wonderful congregation in Jerusalem, with a powerful role in these days! Here is a recent sermon by pastor Wayne Hilsden.
Scott Clarke: Here is a recent video teaching, which includes references to this ministry. Click Here.
Alan Horvath: Here is an excellent video teaching on what it means to "Watch" for the Lord. Be sure to watch till the end when Alan closes in song. Click Here.
Alan Horvath: Excellent teaching and word study on the Shmittah year (Urgent message) Here
JD Farag is an Arab Palestinian pastor of a wonderful church in Hawaii. Here is the October 19th Prophecy Update.
Alan Horvath's "Watch Alan Newscast,"updated on Tuesdays. 21st October is Here.
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●The Russian economy begins to collapse, just as Israel announces that it will sell 2.5bn cubic m of gas to Egypt! Russia continues to threaten the US with nuclear assault.
●Amazingly, Hamas’s new tunnels concerns no one except Israel!
●Worldwide anti-Semitism rises at an alarming rate. It’s up 400% in some places! It’s as though an unseen conductor is at work. At the same time many churches are adopting Replacement Theology – again the same conductor – Satan is at behind the scenes!
The world economy is again in trouble! The US is not doing badly at all and keeping the ship afloat right now. But it will soon be affected by the rest.
China’s slow-down is accelerating. Growth is still substantial, but the direction is down and fast! Excessive spending and an inflated property market are causing big rumbles in the red jungle.
Europe is disaster in the making. Its economy is fracturing. Others in Asia are also in trouble. Japan is in serious financial trouble. The BRICS were doing fine, but now Russia, Brazil and India are falling. It’s the GDP projections, manufacturing and consumer spending that’s dragging economies down.
The dreaded “R” word (recession) is being spoken about in Europe again.
The problem is that the world economy is turning down without the influence of Ebola, or any Middle East war. Ebola is far from a world pandemic, but it is the fear of it that affects markets.
Bear in mind that the world economy is inextricably linked to agriculture, pestilence and disease, of which there are many prophecies.
Stock markets have thrown a tantrum in the last week or so. They were expecting a strong future. They were wrong!
Biblically, we’re now entering a Shemitah year, which has an abundance of prophecies, attached to it that between now and mid 2015 we will see a huge market collapse. This is not it but this is the preparation and forerunner to it.
I very much doubt that we will see a resumption of the world market bull-run. We are very likely to see the beginning of a bear-market now and a big crash soon.
Satan needs a destabilised world economy to bring in his new world of domination and control!
●Coalition forces continue to rain bombs on ISIS targets with little overall effect.
The massive fire-power and the group intelligence is powerless. Full-blown methods of warfare are needed. It is already too late to do much about it. To me it looks as though the ineffective actions being used are deliberate. The same Satanic “conductor” is at work.
The image above is a B1-B US Air Force bomber at work over Iraq.
Edition 230 October 22nd 2014
Sin, Judgement, Peace:
Sin, Judgement, Peace:
If you are a human being you were born in sin and have been living in sin. You were born with the blood of Adam flowing in your veins. The sin-nature resides in your flesh and you can do nothing about that yourself.
You can try to be good or you can try to keep any set of laws, but you are still in sin. Your good works are as filthy rags. Satan may say to you, just as he did to Adam, “If you eat of this tree you’ll be full of knowledge, and you’ll be as God” But he is a liar. You can eat of any tree of knowledge you like and you’re going to hell.
You can go to Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, or you can become a NASA astronaut and go the moon, but you’re ultimately going to hell, because you are a sinner, born and bred.
Satan’s trees of knowledge are a useless substitute for God’s tree of salvation – the cross of Calvary!
Romans 5:12 “Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because all sinned.”
1 Peter 2:24 “He bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes we are healed.”
You may say that it’s not your fault but Adam’s fault. He would say its Satan’s fault!
What is your fault is that you have not utilised God’s free way out of it all if you’re not born again.
The terrible consequence of living in your sin-nature is that it creates tension, torment, stress and an entire life that is wrong, because it’s not God’s way.
God has provided the way out of a doomed life of sin and into a new life of peace. It is the way of judgement with His miracle-working, transforming power.
God’s judgement fell on our substitute, Yeshua. He took all sin upon Himself and offers us all the free exchange of His judgement for our freedom.
What is sin?
To even begin we must define what sin is and to do this we have to go straight to the law of God. It is the Ten Commandments that define sin. Can you see the problem right up front? Today very few churches speak or teach on the law. It’s not popular today. At the same time these churches that won’t teach on the law, never talk of sin or Satan or hell.
Have you noticed that Satan, sin and hell are not even spoken about these days by the church, whose chief job it is!
This is proof supreme of a church minister who does not know his Bible, or has rejected part of it. It’s just the same as those who won’t teach on eschatology. End-time Bible prophecy makes up 27% of the Bible. So if you won’t teach it you are cutting out a huge part of God’s word and you will go astray when the pressure is on – that’s a guarantee.
The Bible declares that the “law is the schoolmaster to lead us the Messiah.”
The minister that won’t teach on the law, sin, Satan and hell is concealing a growing, powerful danger. He is hiding, obscuring and camouflaging these great dangers from the sheep. He should be shot at dawn.
You can’t get rid of sin:
A sinner can’t get rid of sin himself. You can’t lift yourself up by your shoe laces. You need someone from the outside to do it. It’s like a repentant bank robber wanting to be free from that sin. He needs a judge to tell him is now free. True, deep freedom full of joy and peace comes from the power of the cross.
You can try to be better and good or you can try to keep the law. Both ways will land you in hell, because you are still in your sin if you are not born-again.
The funny thing is that not one law-keeper on this planet can keep the law. They are all liars, every one of them. But the person under liberty is a different “animal”. Initially he may battle to walk free from sin, but if correctly applied, the cross will begin to transfer supernatural power to you.
Amazingly, for the believer God has removed all sin for free. So the believer walks from liberty to powerful sin-free liberty.
John 1:29 “John saw Yeshua coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.’”
The real good news:
For the born-again believer the most wonderful news is that sin has been removed and destroyed. In Messiah we are sin-free. All sin has been removed by and though the cross of Calvary. But more than that, we are given the free gift of power to overcome the lingering sins still in us. This power comes only through the cross of Calvary.
For the believer, sin has been removed. For the unbeliever, sin is ever present with its power.
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgression from us.”
Let me share an interesting mind bending thought with you: If you start at the North Pole heading down, you will be going south until you get to the South Pole. Then you will be going north until you get to the North Pole again. But if you start on the equator and head west you will always be going west. Likewise if you start off going east, you will always be going east.
Do you see that our sins have been removed that far? Never the twain shall meet! (God said that before the Moody Blues!)
How the miracle works
Look at the image above. If you die at any point before the cross (salvation) you are not saved. If you die at any point after the cross, you are saved even while you have sins in your life, which are decreasing.
It’s like a fruit tree. Kill it at the root and may still have fruit on it, but they will die and fall off. Sin has been slain and sins decrease and drop off.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Before we are born again, sin is ever present in us and in many cases grows. Once we are born again, the cross of our Messiah destroys sin and its power. The person who dies in this state will be saved, even if he is still battling to get rid of sins.
My friends, excuse me for a bit of personal testimony: After I was saved I still had many sins hindering me, but I hated them like never before. I was aware and conscious of an inner holiness trying to work itself to the outside.
After much battling, one day I woke up and just knew I was free...and so it was. The battle with sins actually takes as long as you want it to, but you must apply the right tools. In my case it was desperate prayer, fasting and denying self!
Don’t say, “You’re not perfect.” Yes you are. That perfection is right in the very heart of your re-created being. You are holy and righteous through the new-birth. The sins that get in the way of all of us from time to time are in our outward or flesh life.
We do not get saved when we are perfect, but when we are lost in our sins, and then the power of the cross, having saved us, cleans us up bit by bit. God will never impute sin to a believer.
The judgement of the cross has justified us forever.
The cross removed sin therefore there is no sin that we can be judged for. But if you reject the cross you are still in your sin and the only way you get rid of sin is by keeping the law which you can’t do to start with because you don’t have the power to do so, from the cross.
Note in the verse below that we are saved and “being saved.” The latter refers to the ongoing work of the cross in our lives.
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.”
So, we as believers are free from day one in terms of judgement for sin and we continue forward being delivered from sins, because its power has been broken.
Dividing the word:
Regular readers know that I’ve spoken at length about how the devil gets at believers. He attacks us through the areas of the flesh nature, the world system and the demonic.
But thanks be to God here is the answer for the believer in each area:
Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah by whom the world was crucified to me and I to the world.”
Galatians 5:24 “Those who are in Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Romans 6:6 “Know this, that our old man (sin nature) was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with; that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Matthew 16:24-25 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Colossians 2:14-15 “Our Messiah has wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was contrary to us and taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers (demons), He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Note the consistency in the verses above. The world, the flesh and the demonic are all dealt with by the cross of Calvary (at the root) and them by us taking up our own cross daily.
Arguments against liberty:
People who argue that liberty and grace can be used as a licence to sin don’t think further than their noses. In fact their thinking is so polluted with Satan himself that they can’t see it. Firstly if their argument was right, what would they do about it?
The answer is shocking. They would remove grace and liberty and replace it with law! You can’t live by both, says the Bible! It’s one or the other. The ones who object to liberty being used as a licence to sin are themselves chief sinners! Their answer is to bring people back under the law and therefore into sin.
Liberty and grace are a wonderful inspiration to live right! If you use your liberty to sin, perhaps you’re not saved and don’t know the wonders of freedom from sin. But because it can be misused and it is, that doesn’t mean you remove it. It means you use it correctly.
The hyper-grace movement is an abomination. Avoid it, but don’t think you must now remove grace and replace it with law because it is misused!
We as believers are incorruptible children of God rather than sinners. His chastisement is for our betterment not payment for sin (i.e. soteriological rather than condemnatory.) Our sins can affect our fellowship with God but not our relationship. Our sins will also have consequences in terms of our eternal reward state.
Do you think God knows whether you are using liberty to sin? Of course He does. If you misuse His gift, you will not lose your salvation, but you will lose reward. So there are consequences for the person using liberty to sin.
What sins will be judged:
►As far as the unsaved go and those outside of the work of the cross of Calvary, they will be judged for everything. The Revelation pictures these tragic individuals at the Great White Throne Judgement. The Lamb’s Book of Life is opened and their names are not there. Then their book of works is opened and they are found wanting and cast into hell.
The unbeliever will be judged for every single sin, even of thought and every single good work as well, because the works done outside of the purifying work of the cross are as “filthy rags.”
Here is a shocking example of good being bad with God:
The world’s hedonistic desire and search for peace is its biggest sin which is about to evoke the fury and wrath of God! God has always destroyed man’s attempt to reach Him and His peace without going His way, through the cross.
►The true believer on the other hand will be judged for the following sins: NONE. Not one, none at all! No sins of the past, present or future will come under judgement for the believer! Do you get the picture? Isn’t that just incredible?
Look at the image above. It represents the fiery judgement of God falling on all that is of this world. But as the judgement does its cleansing work, there is a promise ahead, represented in the rainbow. Quite simply, the cross hurts and burns and destroys, but then delivers us to a wonderful new pure, clean and holy life.
You are free my friend. And you are in perfect liberty. But let me tell you that if you are a true believer and if you are drawing near to our great God of purity and magnificent holiness, you won’t even want to misuse that liberty.
It is only those who far from God and wrapped up in self that would want to continue to sin.
The terrible end-time judgements:
All the terrible judgments of the tribulation period are upon a Messiah- rejecting world. What terror! The people of the world will even turn on God in this time and condemn Him rather than take the offer of salvation.
So God turns up the heat, and then some more, and still people rebel. The terrors of the tribulation will see about 4 billion people die and many horrible deaths. Then after it all, they will face the judgement of God and an eternity in hell.
Degrees of judgement:
As there will be eternal differences or degrees of reward for believers in heaven, so there will be degrees of punishment in hell.
Hebrews 10:29 “How much worse punishment do you suppose he will be thought worthy of who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace.”
Mark 12:38 “Beware of the scribes who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues and feats...and make long prayers. These will receive a greater condemnation.”
The mass media like CNN, BBC, Sky and others will receive the greatest judgement and condemnation – the greatest eternal punishment, simply because they have propagated the ways of the world and opposed the ways of the word of God. “Woe to the world for its stumbling blocks” says the Bible.
The loss of reward is the judgement the believer comes under for using his liberty as licence to sin.
The Church today:
I have just had a Pastor friend staying with me on Sabbatical for a few weeks. While here, he visited some churches in the area. He said he was shocked that none had any Israel message or end- time message.
He said that they were all promoting a me-centred, motivational message with no urgency or eyes for anything outside of their tradition.
If your quest for truth is with ministers of churches and movements, you’re in trouble.
Here’s a good way to evaluate your church:
●Does the minister speak about end-time things?
●Does he teach on God’s word relating to Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem?
●Does he teach about sin, Satan, hell, judgement?
●Does he teach the pre-eminence of the cross of Messiah and how to apply it?
●Does he teach on the world, the flesh and the demonic?
●Does he warn of very present dangers?
Beware the church that serves its people. Beware the church that is loving and compassionate. Beware the church of man-pleasers! The church is to be a God pleaser first and last!! Serving the people is always secondary.
The great big qualification for any church leader:
2 Corinthians 5:15 “He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, (cross) but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
You see, once your life is surrendered to the Lord in totality and He has cleaned out every “room” in your life, then you are fit to be “distributed” by God to His people – not before! You think gaining lots of members is good. It may be so, but if it involves your compromise with the world – you are a fraud and a counterfeit. You have presumed your leadership!
Before you, my friends are oceans of peace, great peace, inexplicable, incomparable and indescribable. In fact language can’t do it justice.
You have one of two life’s journeys before you, like it, believe it or not. You are going from sin to endless torment or sin to endless peace.
The way to be free from sin is not by trying but by dying! (Dying to the world, the flesh and the demonic.)
Colossians 3:3-4 “For you died and your life is hidden with Messiah in God. When our Messiah who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Peace with God is the only peace that endures and has depth with it. Peace by doing things God’s way is the way to go. Inner deep peace is one of the fruits of reconciliation with our Lord.
Imagine the Great God, King Lord, Saviour and Prince of Peace saying, “This is the way to deep, glorious eternal peace” and you say to this God and His word – “Who do you think you are telling me what to do – go jump. I’ll do it my way.”
Revelation 22:11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Do you see why the Gospel is good news? What great salvation we have!!
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the Lord are true and altogether righteous.”
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Malachi 3:17 “They shall be Mine says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels.”
This is a pile of huge rocks known as “Bulls Party” in Namibia, near the beautiful Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountains in the midst of endless wild desert about 500 kms in length. This area of the desert is one of my favourite places. (Those are two people at the bottom of the picture.)
If you want to see some more pictures of this incredible area, click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 229 October 15th 2014
The Seven Churches:
The Seven Churches:
Here is a good word-study by Alan Horvath on the Church: Click Here
This edition is vitally important in this day. As goes the spiritual, so goes the natural. My friends, both the false church and the True Church have an incredibly vital role to play today. They are the very embodiment of Bible prophecy and show us much about things to come.
We’ve all heard multitudes of opinions of this church or that, but what does God have to say? What is His opinion? Don’t you think we should ask Him first?
The Revelation of our Lord opens with the most spectacular, awesome, serious, gravity-filled view of His Church, - His body revealed and unveiled in the letters to the seven churches in the opening few chapters of the Revelation.
Wrapped up within these seven spectacular letters to the churches are numerous symbolic and hidden messages as well. We see the future end of various churches. We see when our Lord is coming and we see if the Church will go through the tribulation.
Spiritual eyes and ears are needed to understand all that is contained in these gravity-filled messages to the churches.
This edition is about what our Lord and Messiah is saying now. These are the central issues and now-word to the body of Messiah.
►You must read, study and know Revelation chapters one through three. The messages to the seven churches are the most important portions of scripture in your Bible!
The fantastic plot of history:
The opening of the Revelation sees our Majestic King, Lord and Lion walking between the seven branched Menorah in all His spectacular wonder, glory and power. It is He to whom all will answer. It is He who is the head of the Church. It is not a thieving, glory-seeking pastor who is head of any church. It is not a world-fashioned institution or organisation that is head of the Church. It is not a board of ill-equipped men who are head of the church.
Within the messages to the seven churches are commendations, condemnations, admonitions, warnings, commands to persevere, and commands to be vigilant and watchful.
Each letter contains the phrase “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying.” This implies that many do not have the spiritual ears or eyes to hear and see.
The messages speak to us in three distinct ways.
●The messages had a historic relevance in that they addressed seven literal churches back in those days, which were located in present day Turkey. ●The messages speak to any believer now with relevant messages. ●Hidden within the messages is the plot of church history from its foundation at Pentecost to its final conclusion. This is found in the names, and the titles and the details of the messages. They have powerful prophetic messages, which you would do well to heed!
I’m not going to go into all the details here now (you can see more here: •Edition 11: The seven churches of the Revelation - glory and horror!).
The summarised breakdown is this:
●Ephesus means ‘becoming slack’ and represents the early Church, which lost its first love. ●Smyrna means bitterness coming from the bitter herb myrrh and represents the early Church entering the ten successive persecutions under the Romans. ●Pergamos means ‘mixture’ and represents the Church mixing with Babylonian occult and pagan practises under Constantine. ●Thyatira means ‘thoroughly married’ and represents the orthodox Church of the dark ages, thoroughly married and mixed with paganism. ●Sardis means ‘to escape’ and represents the Church of the reformation trying to escape the clutches of Catholicism and orthodoxy, but being unable to escape because it is dead. ●Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’ and represents the pure true Church, which is promised that it will “escape the tribulation.” ●Laodicea means ‘people ruled’ and represents the democratic lukewarm church spewed out by our Lord.
There is much more in the content of each letter identifying it with a time period in church history.
In the diagram below please note the churches and the time periods they represent. Note that the last four run through to the end of the age and tribulation period, with Philadelphia removed in a pre-tribulation rapture.
The message to the church today:
Let’s focus in now on the last four churches, since they represent the church today.
Most Bible commentators agree that Thyatira relates to the Catholic and other orthodox churches. God’s words to this church are indeed shocking. In Revelation 2:18-29 we see that this church has a Jezebel spirit within it; that is a spirit of control amongst other things. It is immoral and full of idolatry. It is given time to repent but does not. “I will cast her into great tribulation” says our Lord. This phrase has the definite article contained within it, so it should say “the great tribulation.” Our Lord says to this church, “I will kill your children with death.” This could imply that the offspring of this church will be sent to hell.
God says to this church, “You have a name to live but you are dead!” They are told to be watchful and to strengthen the things which remain and are about to die. So not only is this church largely dead, it has many within it who are atrophying!
Revelation 3:2 “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.”
Do you see that in this verse, our Lord is saying that some within the church are ready to die? Of course this refers to spiritual death and not physical death. Being watchful strengthens you! Did you see that? I’ll say it again. Being watchful strengthens you!
Amazingly this church is given time to repent, but it is also told: “If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I come upon you”. Do you see the importance of watchfulness?
This church is told by our Lord that it has only a few who are not defiled and who will “walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.” These few are told that our Lord “will not blot their names out of the Book of Life.”
The picture above shows massive pillars, the remains of buildings in which the Philadelphian church met. Revelation 3:12 “He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God...”
This Church has the “key of David” which also appears in Isaiah 22:22 and relates to those who open the doors to Jerusalem for the people. It implies a Messianic Church with a heart and love for the Jewish people and God’s plans for them.
Those of this Church have “little strength” (are not self reliant) and they “keep the word”. They recognise those of the synagogue of Satan. These are the orthodox Jews who resist Messiah.
This church has before it an “open door which no one can shut.” This implies a missionary church.
Those that have the Philadelphia spirit are offered removal from earth and the end-time tribulation period troubles. (Revelation 3:10)
Laodicea was a city rich in trade. They actually made their own coins, with the god, Zeus, inscribed on one side. It was a prosperous city. This church was in love with the world’s prosperity and ways. It was lukewarm to the things of God, spiritually blind and deaf.
The image above shows original Laodicean coins in honour of the most evil of gods, Zeus, and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Laodicea.
Laodicea means self- or people- ruled and opinionated. It parallels with 2 Timothy 3:1 “In the last days men shall be lovers of themselves...”
The major problem of the end-time church is self-love and self- confidence, self-esteem, self-deception. This church is told it thinks it is rich, but is in deep poverty!
There is nothing wrong with being rich! It is the love of money that is a root of all manner of evil. (1Timothy 6:10)
I have a personal long-standing friend who is a believer (and regular reader of this website) who is also the CEO of a top class listed company. I have other friends who are unbelievers and not wealthy. One is going to heaven, the others to hell! The Bible does not condemn physical wealth, but those who have an unhealthy love and use of it. The duty of the rich in the kingdom of God is to assist in the spread of the gospel!
The parable saying, “It’s easier for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle” is a good example. Obviously this scenario is impossible. But that’s not what is being implied. Back in those days the eye of the needle was a smaller gate cut into the big city gate, so that late-arriving travellers could go in after the big gates were closed for the night. But the traveller would have to unload his camel of its goods and squeeze it through the “eye”. Then on the inside he could reload the camel.
The message is that it’s difficult for the rich to unemcumber themselves of all their materialism. It is not saying that the rich can’t get saved.
The Laodecian spirit is indifference and neutrality to God’s word and kingdom. It is their indifference and neutrality that makes our Lord sick.
This large end-time church is told it is blind. It needs eye-salve to anoint its eyes so that it can see. This obviously refers to spiritual sight. Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in fire (type of deity) that you may be rich; and white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see.”
Themes compiled from all seven churches:
You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are liars. You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans (separating clergy above laity). I will give to the overcomer – to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of Life.. But to you who have not known the depths of Satan, I will put on you no other burden. To him who overcomes, I will give him power over the nations. There are a few names among you that are not defiled. I have set before you an open door; you have kept My word to persevere. I will keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world. I will make you a pillar in My temple.
I know your works and where you dwell where Satan’s throne is. You hold to the doctrine of Balaam. You tolerate Jezebel and do not repent. I will cast you into the great tribulation and I will kill your children with death. You have a name to live but you are dead. I have not found your works perfect. If you will not watch and repent, I will come upon you as a thief in the night and you won’t know what hour I come.. You are lukewarm therefore I will spew you out of My mouth. Anoint your eyes with eye-salve that you may see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten.
The Seven Churches – key points:
In all seven the phrase appears: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.” That is amazing! It presumes that many do not have spiritual ears to hear! Isn’t that exactly why the modern church is so divided? It is so!
Let me inform you that spiritual ears are not those things on the side of your head. They only come through the fullness of the Spirit experientially evident in you.
If you do not have spiritual ears how can you hear and follow the leading of our Lord, especially in these days?
A central theme in all seven of the churches is watchfulness. In fact it is so important it is directly associated with spiritual life and death.
The seven letters reveal that only one of the churches (Philadelphia) is without a word of condemnation and only one, Laodicea, is only condemned with not one word of commendation.
The end-time church is shown to be filled with the paganism and many deadly errors. Only a small part of the Church is shown to be victorious.
The Lord comes as a “thief in the night” to the unrepentant, unprepared and unworthy. These are the ones who think that they are in “peace and safety.” The shock for the unworthy is in the verse, “You shall not know what hour I come upon you as a thief.” (Revelation 3:3)
Matthew 24:43 “If the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched...”
Watching is for safety against thieves, false doctrines, false prophets, false apostles, and the false church and its god.
►The Hebrew word “watch” also means “take heed to yourself.” We are to watch for and know the signs of the times and to watch for the souls and hearts of those whom the Lord brings our way. As regular readers know, I frequently present teachings for your heart as well as your head.
The state of the end-time church:
Sometimes I get so infuriated watching or listening to various sermons. Much of the church today preaches about self-orientation and comfort. They don’t want to make their congregation feel vaguely uncomfortable. There is no urgency in today’s spineless church. They are blind to their own terrible situation.
Perhaps the major job of the pastor / shepherd is to warn and protect the sheep from wolves. Today most pastors are consumed with self-indulgence and have no concern for the sheep except that they pay in lots of money. In this environment, my friends, you must be on guard yourself. You must know the word and watch for your own soul. You must find watchmen. You must be your watchman.
The state of the modern church is far worse than most people think or imagine for the simple reason that they all compare themselves among themselves. The true standard of comparison has been watered down and in fact rejected by most churches. (2 Corinthians 1:12)
Today we have a church of relevance and tolerance! Those two words should scare the hell out of you! The only way you can be relevant to the world system today is by making peace with it and joining it. You need to be tolerant of all the modern evils of the world.
Isaiah 5:20-21 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.”
The tragic end-time church:
Matthew 24:12 “Because of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.”
The tragic end-time church is promised by God that it will be cast into the great tribulation. A large part of it is “spewed out” by our Lord and some are told that they will be “killed with death.”
This tragic church is self-obsessed and self-consumed. It is not watchful and is blind and deaf spiritually.
Ezekiel 12:2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see, but does not see and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”
Have a look at the terrible tragedy of avoiding Bible eschatology. How many do you know who repeatedly say, “no one knows the time?”
Ezekiel 12:24-25 - 13:1-3 “No more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord, the word which I speak will come to pass...Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Son of man prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord’, ‘Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing.”
Note the shocking charge here!
Isaiah 5:13 “My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge (of God); their honourable men are famished and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
The glorious end-time Church:
Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” Revelation 2:17 “To him who overcomes, I will give him some of the hidden manna...” Revelation 2:26 “To him who overcomes, I will give him power over the nations.” Revelation 3:8 “I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it...” vs 10 “I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world...” vs 12 “...I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God...”
“You will walk with Me” says our Lord and Saviour.
The world church is responsible for the world’s woes, because it is her job to keep Satan out.
The Church was designed by God to be successful when done His way and it is gloriously so for a small part of the Church!
Hosea 14:5 “I will be like dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.”
Isaiah 40: 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold I will bring in health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”
I took this picture in the incredible Namib Desert – Namibia. It covers a few thousand kilometres, running along the coastline. It is a place of sublime beauty, and danger.
If you want to see a short video clip of elephants in this desert click Here.
If you want to see some more pictures of the Namib, click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 228. October 8th 2014
What the watchman sees:
What the watchman sees:
Jeremiah 1:7-12 “You shall go to all whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak...I have put My words in your mouth. I have set you over nations and kingdoms, to root out and pull down, to destroy and throw down, to build and to plant. Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a branch of an almond tree.’ The Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.’” (And His Word cannot be broken. John 10:35)
The entire final purpose of Bible prophecy is to reveal and unveil our Messiah in all His magnificence as the King of kings, Lord of lords and the Lion of the tribe of Judah. It is to reveal and lay out all things associated with this. We must understand the difference between the Lamb-Lord and the Lion-Lord!
Time is marching on. It’s almost as though the clock is running faster. So many prophetic developments have come to pass and are upon us now. Where are we now in the grand prophetic picture? Let’s have an objective look.
The point and objective of this edition is to “know the time.”
The watchmen and the pastors:
►We are witnessing the rapid fall of much of the church. This is the biggest catastrophe occurring right now. We are also witnessing the purifying of a smaller part of the Church.
The watchman’s ministry is much the same as that of the Bible prophets of old. They must be called of God, equipped and anointed, but even then they must wait for God to place them on the wall.
A good relationship between the watchmen and the pastors of the Church is needed. They must work in harmony. The watchmen are on the wall above the people, not from a pride point of view but because that was the vantage position in the ancient towns where they could see a long way off because of their elevation. So it is today. The watchmen are the seers.
The church watchmen do not hang around inside the church. They are up above it where they can see. The ‘watchman’ inside the church is a fraud guiding the church along the route of tradition!
The church has lacked having watchmen, to its terrible detriment. The watchmen have lacked having pastors to hear them and lead the sheep to safety – to their detriment as well.
Many so-called watchmen in the church today are nothing more that despicable frauds and counterfeits leading the flock to the best place to buy Christmas decorations.
The church which has rejected the ministry of the watchmen has left itself blind. It has no eye-salve. Do you know what that means? This lukewarm church will be and is in fact even now being spat out of God’s mouth.
Revelation 3:18 (The Lukewarm church) “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich and white garments that you may be clothed that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed, and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see.”
The watchmen will keep you safe, but not fully fed. You need the whole body working together for that.
There are many watchmen needing to be heard by the pastors of the church, but these pastors have rejected them and taken on that mantle themselves. This is why they have no authority in this regard and speak what they have not heard. God does things in His order. The pastor who has rejected Bible prophecy and the ministry of the watchmen is not to be trusted. His ministry will go off track fast.
Perhaps another reason why the watchmen are not always well received is because they tend to be a bit nuts, odd, strange and gloriously weird. They’re out there on the walls, watching for storms. They get rain-soaked, and then they stagger into the church half lightning-struck and yell all sorts of warnings while the flock sits inside, comfortable in a box.
The repentance of the pastor:
Many sheep will not respond to the watchmen but will respond to the shepherd. This is why the two must walk and work together
Now read these verses below carefully and note well what’s happening. Do you see the modern church here? It’s the duty of the pastor to lead the congregation to the “old paths” of the word of God and its warnings as presented by the watchmen.
Jeremiah 6:16, 19 “Ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.’ Also I have set watchmen over you saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘we will not listen.’ Therefore hear, you nations and know O congregation, hear O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words, nor My law but rejected it.”
This is the tragedy of much of the modern church now – and it’s going to get a whole lot worse quickly! Do you see it? Look at what God says: Because you will not listen and heed His word, God will bring calamity. But look at the more frightening thing: God will destroy the fruit of their thoughts! Their thinking will lead them astray into calamity.
Do you know what that means? Even the thinking of these wayward ones will be given over and produce the fruit of rebellion. They will become one with god of this world – Satan.
A large part of the church today is sliding down the hill towards hell at great speed and they can’t see it. Their leaders have blinded themselves and their flock. The Bible predicts that a large part of the church will be “spat out, or vomited out by God”
Revelation 3:15 “I know your works that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish that you were either cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you (lit-vomit) out of My mouth.”
It is happening now. It must intensify. It will intensify in the coming days and months. Many church leaders will drag their congregations into the mire of eternal vomit, because they have no eye salve!
The true Church of the living God is the bastion and protector of Truth. The true Church is the protector of pure Bible doctrine and the hearts of the kingdom family.
If only Satan could break down or even crack that barrier, he would get access to the heads and hearts of the children of God. Don’t for one moment think that it can’t happen because you’ve been taught so. It can and is happening now.
If Satan could put the light out that is the children of God, he can bring in deep darkness fast.
Revelation 12:12 “Rejoice O heavens and all who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows he has a short time.”
Revelation 6:4 “And another horse fiery red went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth...”
The fall of the church and the fall of Israel!
In a sense we can say that God has two “chosen people” We all know that the Jews are called “the chosen people” and we know that the church is also called “chosen.” Obviously at the end of the day there is only one “chosen people” but that is not our subject now.
The children of Israel fell because they would not lift their eyes up out of tradition taught them by “dead men”. They could not see their crucified Jewish Messiah in their own scriptures or hear it from their Rabbis.
Amos 8:1-2 “The Lord showed me a basket of summer fruit. And He said, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ So I said a basket of summer fruit. Then the Lord said to me: ‘The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. All the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day,’ says the Lord. ‘Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall throw them out in silence.”
The point is that if God could let His chosen people the Jews fall into terrible calamity because of their rebellion, do you not think God could let that happen to the church also?
Luke 19:44 “Not one stone will be left standing upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
These two verses above are tragic, but a reality! We are now in the time period where Israel is going to be brought to repentance. Unfortunately it will be the hard way.
We are now in a time period where the watchmen-less, blind church does not know the time of her visitation!
The Jews could not see their Messiah. The church today cannot see her Messiah - soon to come. O, yes they see Him off in the distance, but they “don’t know the time of their visitation!”
On top of not knowing the time of its visitation, the church can’t see how deeply intermingled with the occult she is!
She can’t see where she is going. She is headed for calamity. It will intensify even now and within months. The modern church believes in gentle Jesus in a manger, who could not harm a flea. They believe in the power of tinsel, glitter, gold and silver balls and the sex goddess – Ishtar (Easter).
The watchmen-less tradition-bound church thinks gentle Jesus is coming back some day in the distant future to save them because they are more good than bad and have a nice averaged-out mix of religious beliefs. These half-baked, lukewarm, counterfeit Christians know nothing of the cross, the Lion, judgment, hell, Satan and demons.
Luke 18:8 “...When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Let me assure of one thing. My deepest desire is not to prove this church or that wrong and myself right. God’s truth and eternity is much bigger issue. We are answerable to our Lord firstly and not some church!
What’s coming and when?
We are now at another milestone in the sky, with the next of the blood-moon tetrad of eclipses that fall on a Feast day. We are now at a Shemitah year on the Hebrew calendar and a jubilee of significance.
The last of the blood -moon tetrads is next year as the Shemitah year ends.
These are harbingers of big world troubles.
Now let’s have a look at something very interesting:
Isaiah 8:18 “Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.”
Isaiah’s children were most certainly for signs! One of his sons was named Shear-Jashub, which means, “A remnant shall return.” (Isaiah 10:21) Another son named, Maher-shalal-hash-baz, means “plunder, hastening spoils”. God commanded Isaiah to write this long name on a tablet to give his son. The name is also a reference to the sudden attack on Damascus by the Assyrian.
So within the names of Isaiah’s sons we have significant end-time messages.
We are awaiting the swift destruction of Damascus according to Isaiah 17. The situation right now is fluid and we don’t know exactly how it will occur, but occur it will – in a flash and perhaps within months or less.
●We are now at 5775 on the Hebrew calendar and the very last days of a Bible generation, the spiritual awakening of the Jews, the arising of militant Islam, the defence of Islam by presidents and prime ministers. We are on the verge of a much wider world war between Islam and the West. We are on the verge of WW111 caused by Putin’s Russia and his invasion of Ukraine. Old style soviet expansionism is on the go. Iran is arising and making deals with Russia for nuclear technology and equipment. ISIS, a reflection of the true Quran, is on the march and being attacked by a coalition of forces. This will expand into attacks across the West. Iran continues to fund terror. Anti-Semitism has risen by 400% in Europe and is worsening worldwide. Many churches, specifically denominational, are coming against Israel by launching and supporting the boycotting of Israeli products. Beheadings and savage killings and crucifixions by Islamic organisations are intensifying. We are seeing the beginning of a world economic shaking, (early days). The next intifada is about to begin; the so-called West Bank, Gaza and the Golan are the hot spots. Israel’s enemies are surrounding her and becoming more militant. Ebola races onto the world stage as a new catastrophe spreads damaging confidence in the world economy.
●John Lewis, the big UK retailer, voted the best, says of Europe – “it’s getting worse fast”. Of France the CEO of John Lewis says; “I have never been to a country so ill at ease, nothing works anymore, and worse, nobody cares. If you’ve got investments in France – get them out fast,” he says.
Europe as a whole is not a pretty picture and slowing down again economically. Europe’s days are numbered!
The approaching night:
Isaiah 21:11 “The burden against Dumah: He calls to me out of Seir, Watchman what of the night, Watchman what of the night...”
The verse above is amazingly insightful and relevant to today. “Dumah” was the sixth son of Ishmael and therefore relates to the modern day Arabs and Palestinians. “Seir” (Petra) was part of the territory of Edom, which is present day Jordan, the true home of the Palestinian Arabs.
The word “Dumah” means silence. But it is not silence in the general sense. It means a stunned silence or silence in shock.
The verse above is addressed to the called watchmen. The fact that the call is made twice emphasises the importance. The verse suggests a coming darkness and a stunned shock.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
I tell you this: Here in the Prophetic Scroll, you will find timely warning – always. Not only analysis of the news, which you will get, but future looking warning of coming night.
David, Goliath, Israel and the Arabs:
The image above represents our new asymmetric war scenario. The West relies on sophisticated weaponry costing billions. The weaponry of the terrorist is simple and cheap comparatively and remains very effective indeed.
But we must be aware that Goliath (Palestinians) are arising again. Goliath seeks and may soon have nuclear weapons. David (Israel) will again have to trust on the Lord to guide her weapons to the target. Israel will suffer much in the coming conflicts, but will endure through and be ultimately victorious.
Do you think Israel is safe and God will protect her in these upcoming prophesied wars?
One third of the population of Israel will die in the tribulation. This may include wars just before the tribulation begins.
Interestingly, all the multi-billion dollar weaponry of the West has not been able to defeat ISIS, who have comparatively unsophisticated weapons.
Watching, praying and being ready:
The image above represents our situation as watchmen. We are to have the full knowledge of God’s word wrapped up in our hearts and minds. It is from this position that we look out into the world and beyond for signs, events, warnings and our Lord Himself. If you are filled with the knowledge and wisdom of this world, you are most unqualified and in fact disqualified as a watcher in our Lord’s kingdom.
If you were once filled with the knowledge of the world, you must dethrone it all and bring everything in your heart and head into the subjection of our Lord and His word. Only then are you qualified. But you still need to be called and placed on the world’s walls by our Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 “...Without holiness no one shall see the Lord.”
Be careful when the “watchmen begin to see eye to eye” and begin to say the same thing.
Isaiah 52:8 “...The watchmen will see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.”
This is where we are now. (There is still a short way to go to get all watchmen seeing the same thing.)
As a sincere believer, you must be aware that you will almost always be under some sort of attack. In this day now, you need to be in a Church that proclaims the full word of God and not one that says they do. You need to have at least some exposure to reliable watchmen.
Let me ask you this important question. “When something large or significant breaks on the news, do you know how or if it fits into Bible prophecy? Do you know what news is of prophetic importance and what is not? Do you know that important breaking news in the US or many other countries has little prophetic consequence or importance?
Do you know where to get reliable, true, pure Biblical news on these issues, or do you just swallow up all the You-tube multitude of opinions?
We are now in a time of fast escalating prophetic fulfilment. We have one year or two to go, maybe less, but not longer. The signs will show us where are. It is time to make your life count in God’s kingdom. It is time to surrender all “rooms” of your life to Him.
But you can’t do that without ejecting, rejecting and distancing yourself from all the ways of the world and its god – Satan.
The watchmen are now seeing the escalation of all the Biblical prophetic events. We are now nearing the birth of the most glorious, wonderful, spectacular new world called the Millennium, which comes right after the tribulation, which we will miss in a pre-tribulation rapture.
But all of this is preceded by birth pangs and labour pains. This is where we are now. It is an extremely important and exciting time to be here in God’s kingdom as His servants.
Mark 13:37 “What I say to you I say to all: Watch!”
Amos 7:7-8 “Behold the Lord stood on a wall made with a plum line, with a plum line in His hand. And the Lord said to Amos, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ The Lord said: ‘Behold I am setting a plum line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.’”
I took this picture in a private game reserve called Mabula, owned by a friend of mine. It’s a beautiful place not far from my home. This is him playing with the lions, which are okay with him but not others!
If you want to see some more pictures of Mabula, click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 227. October 1st 2014
Can you change the outcome of prophecy!
Can you change the outcome of prophecy?
I am not referring here (in fact I never am) to personal predictive prophecy given by an individual over another in the name of the Lord. I am always speaking of Bible prophecy.
Many people believe that any negative results or outcome of Bible prophecy can be changed, by human actions, wishful thinking, praying or any such intervention. The prophecy would then not come to pass, they believe. By changing the behavioural course we can change the outcome of prophecy. This is a very common belief today.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
If you reject or downplay Bible prophecy you have doomed yourself to a life of self-made sterility and shallowness.
“You can change the decree of prophecy” is the cry many spiritually dead and blind people. They believe that Bible prophecy has no relevance because it is a “decree” that can be changed, if people would act differently and heed the warnings contained in prophecy.
This erroneous belief is widely held amongst secular Jews, but has also been infiltrated into the church by false teaching. You would be surprised how many rabbis and pastors believe and teach this.
Of course it appeals to the sinful flesh-nature of man.
Job 15:8 “Have you heard of the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?”
What is prophecy?
The word means to foretell or predict the future from beforehand. It is not warning in the general sense although prophecy contains warning. Bible prophecy is the utterance of God who knows the future. He knows the end from the beginning and spells it out.
Isaiah 46:9-10 “I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things are not that yet done, saying My counsel shall stand.”
John 16:13 “...He will show you things to come.”
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants, the prophets.”
Bible prophecy is God’s key to unlock and plot the course of time. It is God’s key for individuals to anchor their lives in Messiah. It is the key, unlocking the plot and plans of God for His Church and His kingdom. It reveals the deadly future for Satan and his kingdom.
Bible prophecy is the great key unveiling the Lion of the tribe if Judah – Yeshua, our Lord, King and Messiah.
Bible prophecy contains predictive elements that are still to come to pass at the time of the utterance. Many things can be defined as prophecy although the wording or context may be more general.
Bible prophecy doesn’t only deal with judgement, but it is a major part of it. If Bible prophecy is true – judgment is coming and judgement ends all discussion, dispute, disagreement. People don’t like the idea of coming judgement; this is why they don’t like prophecy.
Some prophecies are indeed warnings and the outcome can be changed if the warning is heeded. But because there are warnings to be heeded in some, that does not make it so for all prophecy.
In fact Bible prophecy declares and shows that most people will not heed the warnings of prophecy and then come under its judgement.
The most wonderful, profound discourse on prophecy:
2 Peter 1: 19-21 “We have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your heart; knowing this, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
The previous few verses speak of being eyewitnesses, and hearing with the ear. This powerful portion of scripture declares that Bible prophecy is the “more sure thing”. It is more- sure than seeing or hearing!
This is one of my all time favourite passages of scripture. It is so profound and far reaching and is especially most relevant to our subject.
When you realise that Bible prophecy is the most sure thing, the morning star has arisen in your heart. The morning star is the planet Venus which arises in the darkest part of the night and signals that the day is soon to break. When you realise the importance of prophecy, you are about to walk in the light!
People walking in light have the least obstacles and problems in their lives. They are the safest and best people to be around, opposed to people walking in the dark.
There is incredible power in prophecy. How good it is to have this supernatural Holy Spirit as our own close friend guiding and leading us.
It is all of God’s word, but it is prophecy in particular that lights up our lives. Here is the opposite situation:
Job 38:15 “From the wicked their light is withheld...”
Note well, in the verse above in 2 Peter, that Bible prophecy is not of man, but of God. Because God knows the future exactly, His prophetic word is absolutely cast in stone. It has always and will always come to pass exactly as He predicted.
Methods people use to change the outcome of prophecy:
Ignore it and it will go away. This is perhaps the biggest problem today. Most people are just not interested, because they are consumed by their own selves.
Many people apply the false beliefs and errors such as, God is love and would never harm a flea. They are unaware that judgment upon sin and the establishment of holiness is love in action. Discipline and correction is part of love. And the lack of it is hatred in action.
Many people believe that Bible prophecy has no relevance to today’s life styles, because it was written so long ago. The exact opposite is the truth. Prophecy is the most powerful miraculous insight into today’s world and the veracity of the Bible.
Some use the scripture in 2 Peter 3:12 “...Looking for and hastening the Day of God (by godly conduct)”. They maintain that we can speed it up, thus changing the numerous verses spelling out the numbered days. This verse is badly misused. The original word for “hastening” means “urging onwards” and does not imply a speeding up or changing of the time. Our holy living “urges us onwards” to His coming.
We have a similar thing in Matthew 24:22 where it says that “unless these days were shortened, no flesh would be saved.” Again that is a mistranslation. The original words used imply this: “Unless those days were cut out of time, no flesh would be saved.” The tribulation period will not be one day less than seven years. It is the seven years that is the “shortened, cut-out” time.
Many people (most) believe the word of the mass-media – the voice of the devil. In many respects the word of the mass-media is the opposite of God’s word.
The biggest problem in this regard today is ignorance of God’s word and the knowledge and practice of the world’s word. You are a blind rebel if you have been a believer for some time and are still ignorant of the word. You are on thin ice, which will soon be burned up by the fires of hell below you.
You do not have the liberty to pick and chose which parts of the Bible you want.
Has any Bible prophecy ever failed to come to pass?
Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record. Even finely detailed prophecies that have been fulfilled in the past were fulfilled exactly. Of course there are still many prophecies still to be fulfilled. They will all be fulfilled in the same manner as those that have already been fulfilled.
Past fulfilment gives us the pattern. It is literal and exact.
Examples of warning:
The verses below are important in regard to our subject. These are verses with a variable outcome. These are verses where the outcome can be changed by the actions of the individuals concerned. But that is not the case with all prophecy by any means. It is not the prophecy that changes, but God’s attitude to the receiver’s reaction; if they don’t change the outcome stands.
Jeremiah 26:13 “Now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you.”
Deuteronomy 6:14-15 “You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you...lest the anger of your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.”
Ezekiel 3:17-19 “Son of man I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth and give them warning from Me...If you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness he shall die in his sins, but you have delivered your soul.”
Examples of unchangeable prophecy:
The following few verses (hundreds more) contain an outcome which can’t be changed by the actions of anyone. These are cast in stone and will come to pass fully.
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.”
Luke 21:20-24 “...These are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.” (The context here is judgement.)
Matthew 24:6 “You shall hear of wars and rumours of war. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Revelation 3:16-17 “Because you are lukewarm and neither cold not hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.”
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My command 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.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind (Jews) by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them.”
Prophecy gives us direction and reveals its timing to us. If you go on a journey, you want to know which direction you are to go and you want to know how long it will take you. And of course you want to see all the landmarks, milestones and finer directions and adjustments along the way.
The tragedy today is far too many believers are on the wrong road to start with! Imagine heading off somewhere and when you get to your destination you find you were on the wrong road all along. I’ve used that phrase in numerous editions, but it is so true, so real and so scary.
So-called failed prophecy:
There are many occasions when a person believes that some particular word of prophecy in the Bible should be fulfilled according to his own interpretation. It doesn’t come to pass and “fails”. Actually it hasn’t failed, but it is the interpreter that has failed.
Some prophecy is hard to understand and we do get things wrong from time to time. That’s obviously a result of failure to hear the word of the Lord in that prophecy. Getting Bible prophecy doesn’t make you a false prophet. It is an individual uttering personal prophecy that doesn’t come to pass that is a false prophet.
Our job and call is to “watch, pray and be ready” no matter what. We are to use whatever time God grants us to do His will.
I agree there are far too many failed interpretations of Bible prophecy today, because there are too many who are unqualified to be in this ministry in the first place.
1 Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion.”
John 18:37 “...Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
A failed interpretation does no harm to the original prophecy – only to the so-called prophet- and it will come to pass God’s way and in His time.
The most amazing thing!
If you’ve had anything to do with the church you would have realised that very few have anything to do with Bible prophecy, yet 27% of the Bible contains prophecy.
Please understand that if you cast down, remove or reject Bible prophecy, you will have your life focused on the world. Not necessarily sin, but just general worldliness. That, in fact is a prophecy cast in stone. “End time scoffers will say, where is the hope of His coming, all things will continue as always.” (2 Peter 3:3-4).
Amazingly we are charging down the road of prophetic fulfilment so fast, the requirements for direction are even more urgent and these churches ignore it even more.
There are some pastors I know who are so far off track I would like to--- Can you read my thoughts?
What an incredible thing, that these church leaders would starve their flock and as a result inflict on them all the poison and disease of the devil.
Is it any wonder that the prisoners of these pastors are worldly, fleshly, and full of demons! And no I’m not trying to be dramatic – that is so, so true.
Another most amazing thing:
Working with and dealing with our great God and His great word is the greatest thing imaginable. Knowing the depths of our Lord is so deeply fulfilling, meaningful and exciting. Psalm 34:8 (Parallel’s with 2 Peter 1:19-21 above) “Oh taste of the Lord and see that He is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh fear the Lord you His saints! There is no want to them that fear Him.”
Isaiah 33:6 “Wisdom and knowledge (of God) will be the stability of your times and the strength of salvation: The fear of the Lord is His treasure.”
What an amazing privilege we have been given to know and fellowship with the God of the universe.
Prophecy is an anchor for your soul in the Kingdom of God. If your anchor is missing you’ll drift all over the place! What an enormous tragedy to see how many people who once walked well with our Lord are now shipwrecked because they had no secure anchor.
In these stormy times there are and will be a lot more end -time attacks on the truth. Deception will be one of the biggest issues of the day.
What must you do?
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
If you can change the outcome of Bible prophecy, you can change the word on heaven and hell. In essence you are then the decider. That would make you God! What arrogance!
Do you want to mess with Bible prophecy, or the Bible as a whole for that matter?
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Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 226. September 24th 2014
Putin’s Russia and WW111!
Putin’s Russia and WW111:
Russia’s honeymoon with the West didn’t last long and has now ended in hostility. In fact the West is now crushing Russia through economic sanctions. The mad dog Putin has responded with a few barks, but soon he will bite back, bark and howl.
This edition is a bit strange for me. I’m writing about facts that have not happened yet. And yes they will soon be facts! These events are about to break onto the world stage. We have the advantage of being informed by our Lord beforehand.
The red bear of the uttermost north is arising. Thousands of years ago, the Bible prophesied this and his downfall.
Rosh was an ancient name for the territory called Russia today. It was originally called Rus. The biblical “Prince of Rosh” would be none other than the leader of this nation at the time of the great war of Ezekiel 38 & 39. It is Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s world- history legacy will be the most terrible, devastating, nuclear war in history!
Putin the psychopath:
A psychopath is one who feels no emotions. Putin is considered a despot –dictator by many, but highly intelligent. He has no morals and in many ways is just like a street fighter. Because of his psychopathic nature, he is a dangerous controller.
Putin is a playboy, gladiator, a Tarzan, a romantic and one of the world’s wealthiest.
He is a political chameleon, able to befriend whoever is good for his image. Dominance and power are the forces that control him. Some have compared him to Hitler, others to Mussolini. His true nature will become evident when he is drawn tragically into the battlefields of Israel.
His true colours are yet to be unveiled.
Why has he attacked Crimea and now Ukraine? Why will he join with a coalition against Israel very soon? There are primarily two reasons. The first is because this type of psychopath wants control. And the second reason will be to assist Russia out of her economic catastrophe.
Putin does fit the prophetic bill of Ezekiel 38 & 39, besides it too late for a new Russian leader now.
Russia is undergoing an economic collapse right now. Things were looking okay just a short while ago. After the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, the West slapped sanctions on Russia. Putin shrugged it off and threatened to respond with his own sanctions on the West. Then came the next round of sanctions and they began to bite hard. Now we have another round of economic sanctions coming from the EU.
Russia’s GDP forecast has been slashed by the IMF and World Bank. OPEC has slashed Russia’s oil-supply outlook. Their economy is sinking fast.
These graphs below are just two that show the economic injuries caused by sanctions on Russia. All other sectors of their economy are also being hit.
One of the causes of the war:
Ezekiel 38:12-14 “Let us go to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited and against the people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods and dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions will say to you, have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, livestock and goods?”
The description of all the goods and commodities shows that Russia will be in great economic turmoil as this war begins. Why else would it come for these goods?
This gives us one of the clear reasons for the invasion of Israel.
Of course no nation would use nuclear weapons if they wanted to take these sorts of goods. They were be ruined by nuclear fallout. Yet this does appear to be a nuclear war. What does this tell us? We can only speculate. It is very probable that Russia will find such incredible resistance from Israel that it all goes wrong and nuclear weapons come into the picture.
Russia’s population has shifted from Christian to Muslim in recent years, although the Muslims are still the minority by a slight margin. The Muslim influence is being felt in almost every sector of their economy. Almost the entire south of Russia is now Muslim.
But the real big problem in Russia now is the Putin-caused economic downturn and resultant pressure on every sector. This is most certainly part of the “hooks in the jaw” which will draw Russia into conflict with Israel, which by contrast has a thriving economy and a land of abundance in almost every area.
Why will Russia invade Israel? The answer is because of the Muslim spirit of eternal hatred on the one hand, and on the other, the results of economic collapse and a great lack in food, livestock and commodities. (Ezekiel 38:13). They will also come to take Israel’s new-found gas and oil.
Putin’s strategies have been economically disastrous for Russia. The question is; what will he do next? If the past is anything to go by, he will make more tragic mistakes. Tensions are already at breaking point!
Ukraine will fall to Russia:
The land mass called Ukraine, (and some other nations) contains some parts of ancient Magog of Ezekiel 38.
In this incredible prophecy we see that Magog is under its prince, Gog of Rosh at the time of this great war. This clearly means that Ukraine’s days are numbered!
The Ukraine PM says Putin wants to destroy Ukraine and restore the old Soviet Union. There is no doubt that this is what he wants to do. There is no other reason at all for the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine.
“Ukraine is on the brink of economic collapse.” This was the headline in Business Insider on the 21st, a few days ago. Ukraine has been in trouble for a long time, but now thanks to the Putin invasion its position is worse. Ukraine is now in deep recession. Exports have fallen by 19% in the last month alone and GDP has fallen by 5% (a very big fall for GDP). Retail sales and industrial production are collapsing, while their currency is at record lows. Inflation is running at 14%.
Ukraine is weak, very weak right now. Russia is also economically weak now, but it is far stronger than Ukraine. Russia is weak, but has channelled a huge amount of resources to the military.
Timing of the war:
The main nation involved will be from the “uttermost north of Israel.” (Ezekiel 39:1-2). There is only one significant nation north of Israel, which is Russia.
According to Ezekiel 36:24, it will be when Israel has been regathered to her land. In Ezekiel 38:8 it says that it will be in the “last days” and “latter years.”
It must be in a time when Russia is in economic need. It must be in a time when Islam is united against Israel with a common cause to annihilate her. It must be at a time when Islam is a major participant in Russia. It must be in a time when Iran (Persia) can form an alliance of sorts with Russia.
It will occur when Israel is a “land of un-walled villages.” (Ezekiel 38:11) This is not a reference to the current security fences and short sections of security walls in Israel. In Biblical times all the villages had large walls around them. The remains of some are still evident.
In those days, every village or city had a wall right around it. Currently, the security system is mostly fences, which do not surround the cities, as the old walls did. The image below is a compilation of artist impressions of the ancient villages and their security walls.
Israel is now a land of un-walled villages. It does not have walls around the villages and cities – not one of them.
So, each of these requirements for this war is before us today.
Other time factors:
The war will result in a seven year cleaning up period (Ezekiel 39:9) which sounds very much like the sort of cleansing required after nuclear fallout.
Many including myself believe that this familiar seven-year period is the tribulation- period. Meaning the war would have to begin and become nuclear right at the start, or near to it.
A key ally of Russia in WW111 is Iran (Persia). How will Iran be drawn into allegiance with Russia? Right now there is a loose alliance between Russia and Iran. Bear in mind that Israel is the main target of Russia in WW111 and right now is out of the picture. Bear in mind that Iran still wants to wipe Israel off the map.
The nature of the war:
Ezekiel 38:9 “You will ascend coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many people with you.”
Bible prophets used descriptions that were familiar to themselves back then. It does the prophecy no harm to insert modern weaponry into the prophecy. But we must be careful and not go out of bounds here!
We can say that ascending like a storm cloud refers to aerial combat. Other verses use “horses” and other implements like shields. We can replace these with modern war-weapons.
How might it play out?
Both World Wars were caused by the efforts of some elitists to change the world economic order. War and disorder cause a cry for a new order. Word wars have always been about domination, control of social and ideological systems, and economic control.
Both world wars resulted in the creation of an international body. (League of Nations and United Nations.)
Both wars resulted in the creation of and propagation of communist control.
Russia’s new bedfellow is Islam, which is now the second biggest religion in Russia and growing. Russia’s new bedfellows also consist of major Muslim nations as well as China.
Obama is either out on the golf course or snoozing somewhere. At the same time Putin is preparing for war. He has already sent a number of bombers out over Alaska and into Californian airspace just to intimidate the US and test their resolve. (A few days ago).
Russia is building and testing new nuclear missile launching systems. News out a few days ago, suggests Russia is upgrading her nuclear weapons. At the same time a news report maintains that the US still uses floppy disks in their nuclear technology. (True).
Russia is upgrading strategic bombers, “black hole” submarines (super-stealth subs), nuclear missiles, and a new array of super-efficient weapons. While the Russian economy gradually collapses, defence spending has been ramped up to $500 billion! Putin is behind this drive to put Russia in the military driving seat.
Obama has just called for new reductions in military spending and cuts to all military divisions, including the nuclear arsenal. Obama has singlehandedly weakened the US in the face of a rising angry bear.
Perhaps Obama thinks everyone loves him and wouldn’t want to harm him. The fact is, this useless President Obama is setting America up for a nightmare fall.
The cold war is not over my friends; in fact it is just going into high-gear while the US President almost completely ignores it. The US President may be the very one who turns the American Dream into a nightmare of monumental proportions. The cold war is about to turn very hot!
●Putin is not preparing to invade Israel. He is preparing to attack Europe and the US. It will be some as-yet-unknown event that will draw Russia into Israel.
Interestingly Obama’s approval rating is plunging. It’s about the worst for any US President at this point in their presidency. Putin’s approval rating is flying through the roof right now amongst Russians. It is at 80%!
The big danger is that this 80% means that the Russian population supports Putin. By the way, a lot of other nations in the east also support Putin and hate Obama.
The end of Putin:
Ezekiel 38:18-23 “It shall come to pass when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord, that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken. Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake (mega-seismic or great shaking), so that the fish of the sea, birds of the heavens and beasts of the field and all creeping things on the earth and all men shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down. I will call for a sword against Gog...and every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed...Thus I will magnify Myself and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel39:29 “I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel, says the Lord God.”
The end of this terrible war will result in victory for Israel. By the way, this “mega-seismic” event spoken of above may be an earthquake, but it may also be a reference to nuclear warfare.
The Prince of Rosh, Gog, will be destroyed by “sword” in this war. Again this may mean any of the modern weapons of war.
The end of this war ties in with the many descriptions of Israel coming to salvation in the tribulation period, especially towards the end of it.
Although the facts I’ve presented to you in this edition are widely held, there are obviously some variable possibilities, including timing. As you can imagine there are a number of variable options in identifying people, places and events. But this is the most logical scenario, in line with scripture and events before us now.
Israel, the only way you can be strong in the Lord, which is an immediate requirement, is by falling on your face in repentance before Him.
Great tragedy faces you Israel, because you will not repent en-mass.
Israel, your time is just about upon you. Israel, it’s time to repent! No I don’t mean repent of your sins, I mean repent of your 2000-year rejection of Messiah Yeshua, who is the only one that cancels out your sins and renews you from the inside out!
Some believe that the “King of the North” of Daniel 11 is the Russian leader. Some believe this individual will be the antichrist. I don’t believe that the Russian leader is the antichrist. It does appear that this king of Daniel 11 is the Russian leader, but it is not that clear!
While ISIS sets up a new (ancient) caliphate, Putin is trying to turn the clock back as well, to restore the old Empire! It’s not so much that he wants to re-introduce communism, but it is the control he desires.
The importance of all of this now is that it is playing out now. Yes it’s early days in terms of all that is entailed in the prophecies, but nonetheless this is it starting up.
On top of this we have other major prophetic developments on the go simultaneously, and a lot more about to break.
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Shalom and grow in grace!