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Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
Edition 121: April 13th 2012
The prophetic importance of the days of Noah and Lot
News events and commentary:
●US Congress votes unanimously to tighten and strengthen ties with Israel (11thMay)
●The political map has been changing at lightning speed. We’ve seen a number of leaders ditched in Europe; Syria has had an election. Iran has voted, leaving Ahmadinejad on shaky ground, but still in power.
Egypt is in crisis again, and it’s steadily worsening.
The UK is in a political mess and back in recession. Spain is falling apart financially and Greece is in big trouble with no way out of its debt crisis! And we have the US election in November.
Putin is now back in the leadership role of Russia after being sworn in for the fourth time.
The Israeli PM has called for early elections (in September) Then came the dramatic news that the election had been suddenly cancelled as Netanyahu struck a unity deal and an arrangement to form a broad based coalition government with the centrist party Kadima. This effectively paves the way for Netanyahu to stay in power without the need for an early election. This new moves gives him a unified position against Iran.
The huge almost simultaneous worldwide political shifting and re-arranging makes it difficult to see the end picture, but we can be pretty sure that it’s like the furniture being re-arranged behind the scenes of the stage for the great end-time play!
●Iran has moved nuclear weapons-making installations to a secret desert location. Missiles capable of hosting nuclear weapons have also been moved to the same location. Israel has had an eye on this development and claims Iran is now 60-days away from building a nuclear bomb. In a new move Iran now wants IAEA altogether barred from the country. – Debka File May 6th 2012.
As I’ve said many times before, the Israelis know exactly what’s going on. They will not let Iran get to full nuclear weapons-capability. They will have to attack Iran soon. Israel will not take this lightly because it will explode into a much wider conflict.
●Centre for Strategic & International Studies, Anthony Cordesman says in a report for Haaretz: (12th May) “Anyone who believes that Iran is not yet actively pursuing a nuclear-weapons program and merely developing the capabilities is committing an act of wilful delusion. The intelligence supplied to the IAEA and verified by different "member countries," is clear that Iran has been working on a wide range of projects for over a decade, all of which are specifically aimed at acquiring the capabilities necessary not only to enrich uranium to weapons-grade, but to assemble a nuclear device that can be launched by long-range missile.”
●Iran: Exiles say Iran has 60 scientists and engineers currently working on nuclear weapons program under the auspices of the defence ministry. (Y-Net News May 13th)
The prophetic importance of the days of Noah and Lot.
Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark...so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot, they ate they drank they bought they sold and planted and built; but on the day the Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
Genesis 7:23 “...Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.”
Isaiah 47:10-11 “For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, ‘no one sees me’; your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you have said in your heart, ‘I am and there is no one besides me.’ Therefore evil will come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises, and trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. Desolation shall come upon you suddenly, and you won’t know from where it comes.”
The “days of Noah and Lot” are all about the judgment of God on rampant sin. Both are identified by our Lord with the end-time scenario.
The characteristics of those days will be the same as those in our day.
Genesis 6:5 “The the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart, was only evil continuously.”
The story of Lot is found in Genesis 19. Two angels of the Lord had manifest as humans and went into the city of Sodom. They met and stayed with Lot and his family. The entire city was filled with evil and violence, in particular, aggressive homosexuality. The men of the city tried to break into Lot’s home to have sex with his two guests.
Homosexual sin was the main characteristic of five cities in the area. Sodom and Gomorrah were only two of them.
God then warned Lot and his family to get out of the city because He was going to destroy it. They were warned not to look back as the fled the city.
Lot’s wife ignored God’s warning and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt as she looked back.
The issue was not Lot’s wife looking back, but the fact that God said don’t! If a pillar was salt could speak, she would have said “Very funny God, now change me back please”. But then salt can’t speak!
Ezekiel offers some additional insights:
Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter were full of pride, fullness of food and abundance of idleness ...and they were haughty and committed abomination before Me.”
In this verse we see pride in association with homosexuality.
It’s interesting to note that Lot and his family didn’t go looking for homosexual sin; the homosexuals came looking for him and his guests!
All the sins:
Here are all the characteristics of the days of Noah and the days of Lot:
●Sin evil and violence in the land.
●‘Normal’ ongoing daily life, but without God. This is seen in “Marrying, buying, selling, planting, building, eating and drinking”.
●Pride, idleness and abominable sin.
●Rejection of warnings
Normal daily life was classified as sin because outside of God, it is rebellion in the first place, but it’s much worse in the face of God’s warnings of impending judgement.
Colossians 3:5 “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth; Fornication, uncleanness, passion evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Characteristics of the time.
There were many characteristics of the days of Noah and Lot that were directly responsible for God’s wrath and judgement.
The main characteristics of the days of Lot are found in Genesis 6:11, Genesis 13:13.
The act of Sodomy gets its name from the sin of this city.
The excessive love of pleasure, leisure, luxury, entertainment, riches, fun and the like leads to a shallow empty life, but also leads to pride and self exaltation.
The main characteristics of the times of Noah and Lot were rampant aggressive sin and the rejection of warnings of judgement.
You can argue with the traffic cop, but you better not argue with the Supreme Court judge...that’s not clever. You’re an idiot if you try to bring the judge down to your level of evil and sin.
It’s fine to question why judgement is coming, but if you reject the reason as well as the Judge Himself, you’re asking for trouble.
If you reject the God of glory, you have automatically aligned yourself with Satan.
It’s amazing that so many people will accept Jesus the Lamb, full of love and compassion. But they won’t accept Jesus the Lamb and the Lion. They want cheap salvation with no changes to their lives. They want salvation and their lives of sin. They want a Jesus that doesn’t exist!
There are many examples in the Bible of our Lord as the Lamb of God shedding tears because of the sin of the people. But you won’t find tears in the eyes of the Lion of God. Mercy and grace has its limits!
Perhaps the biggest characteristic of those times, and the time now is pride!
Pride always blinds you! It’s the main characteristic of the homosexual movement worldwide.
Zephaniah 1:17 “I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord.”
Romans 1:24-27-28 “Likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lusts for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error, which was due. And they did not like to retain God in their knowledge; God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 “With all unrighteous deception among those who perish among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved, and for this reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie.”
The progression of evil:
Because we live in a spiritually charged climate and environment, sin and evil are almost always progressive, simply because Satan himself is behind it all.
The problem with sin is that it gets worse.
“There’s pleasure in sin for a season”, says the Bible. Then, you need more sin and them even more. The more you get into sin, the more it becomes ‘normal’ and you become dead to it, needing more all the time.
What’s acceptable today is way different from what was acceptable just 50 years ago. The Bible hasn’t changed one bit in that time. The Bible is the eternal measure...the plum-line. (Amos 7:7)
1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit expressly says, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”
Ephesians 4:19-20 “Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God...because of the hardening of their hearts; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to all uncleanness.”
Where God’s presence is evident, there is restraint, but released from that, Satan’s presence becomes manifest. This is always progressive.
Light chases out darkness but if the light gets dim, the darkness advances.
But when the light actually becomes part of the darkness...the world is truly lost.
Psalm 119:52-53 “I take comfort when I remember your judgements of old. Indignation (Lit = horror) has taken hold of me, because of the wicked who forsake your law (word)
Here’s the same verse in the Amplified version: “When I earnestly recall Your ordinances from on old, O Lord I have taken comfort. Burning indignation, terror and sadness seize upon me because of the wicked who forsake your law.”
Let me ask you reading this. Are you really horrified at the escalating sin of the world? If not, perhaps you need to get saved and get to know our Lord!
Obama’s acceptance of same sex marriage
There’s a very important aspect to homosexuality that very few people realise.
A tripod has three legs. A strong nation under God stands on all three legs. These are God’s view of family, church and state. If you take one leg away it will fall and soon become one nation under Satan.
God has defined marriage, both Old and New Testaments. Same sex marriage redefines marriage.
It’s not about rights it’s about redefining morality and God’s chosen will and way!
If homosexuality was okay, God would have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah!
It’s no big deal what one unsaved, hell bound individual has to say or believes. But if he’s the president of the USA it is important simply because of the influence he commands.
Europe and many other nations are in the same boat. This will speed up the coming judgement on these nations and in fact on the world.
Obama has most certainly added weight to the fact that we are in the “days of Noah and Lot”. Let’s pray that it backfires on him.
Isaiah 5:20-21 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...who are wise in their own eyes.”
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way which seems right to men, but its end is the way of death.”
Jeremiah 7:28 “This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God, nor receive correction. Truth has perished and been cut off from their mouth.”
Isaiah 59:14...”Truth is fallen in the street”
The failure of democracy.
Habakkuk 1:4 “”When the wicked surround the righteous, perverse judgement proceeds.”
The modern politically correct world doesn’t call it sin and evil anymore, now they call it freedom of expression, democratic rights, universalism, equality and the like.
Democracy is essentially nothing more than the will of a majority. So if Satan perverts the majority then his evil will triumphs. This is the inevitable outcome of democracy.
When you forsake the word of God you’ll praise the wicked. (Proverbs 28:4)
When there is no truth or knowledge of God in the land, the people break all restraint (Hosea 4:1-2)
Democracy must have the influence of the word of God upon it. Like all things, when released from the influence of Gods authority it manifests the evil power behind it.
In the days on Noah and Lot the masses were wrong. Did you get that? They majority were wrong, not right. In both cases they paid for being so terribly wrong even after God’s warnings.
Today God’s warnings remain and stand supreme. Will the world again ignore the warnings? Are the majority right or wrong again?
The warnings and judgements.
Many say that judgement is not love. I tell you it is exactly that! Judgement purifies and cleanses. It creates an environment of Holiness. In fact one of the original words translated “love” in the Bible is ‘Agapao’. This word means the God kind of love, but with social and moral implications.
The judgement of God is love in action. The destruction of Satan, sin and evil is love in action.
►Love and holiness are eternal twin sisters. Evil and sin are the terrible witches.
The most amazing and incredible thing is that God warned of coming cataclysmic judgements and the masses ignored Him! Ignoring God’s warnings doesn’t make His judgements go away!
The wise will fall in repentance at the warnings. The proud and arrogance will run headlong into judgement, blinded by their foolishness.
Genesis 19:17 “Escape for your life, do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain lest you be destroyed.” This speaks of separation and being apart from the world’s evil ways.
Revelation 18:4 “Come out of her My people lest you share in her sins and receive her plagues.”
The church is the “light of the world” and should be defining exactly what sin and rebellion to God is. The tragedy is that many churches are actually now supporting the very sin and evil that will bring the wrath of God down on the world.
Please read the following two verses ten times over, especially if you’re a church leader of any sort!
Jeremiah 23:22 “If they had stood in My counsel, and caused My people to hear My words, they would have turned them from their evil way and evil doings.”
Proverbs 1:33 “But whoever listens to Me will dwell safely and will be secure without fear of evil.”
►Let me inform you and warn you that the most dangerous people on this planet are Christian leaders who remove and change God’s warnings! Of course this applies to every single one of those in the Emergent Church movement, but it also applies to a great many other church leaders today!
Jeremiah 23:14 “I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of the evil doers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me...”
There is a very big common denominator behind all the unity and interfaith movements. Their big thing is tolerance and coexistence with all religions. Have you ever noticed that all of them never ever speak one word about judgement? They’re therefore all full of sin and evil.
►Tolerance and acceptance of sin is the last evil virtue of a collapsing society!
Isaiah 13:11-13 “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 (lit=tyrants)...therefore I will shake the heavens and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.”
Acts 24:25 “Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self control and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away from me now, when it’s convenient, I’ll call for you.”
In the verse above Felix was talking with Paul who had been speaking to him about these things. He did not want to hear or know anything about coming judgement. He was happy in his sin.
John 9:39 “For judgement I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see and those who see may be made blind.”
The Amplified Bible brings out some interesting aspects of this verse above: “I came into this world for judgement, as a separator, in order that there may be separation between those who believe in Me and those who reject Me.”
Types and shadows:
There is one huge type in both stories.
The righteous were removed from the judgement of God which fell on the rest. This is a type of the rapture of the church
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...”
Nahum 1:2 “God reserves His wrath for His enemies.”
This implies a pre-tribulation rapture. That’s my belief, but as said many times before, I can and do walk happily with the post-trib crowd.
Another shocking type is that few are saved and many are lost. At the flood only a small remnant were saved, just as with Lot. It will be so at the end of the age. A small number will still be a huge amount of people, but it will be the remnant in terms of overall populations.
Many are called few are chosen says the Bible.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gat and difficult (Lit – constrained) is the way which leads to life and few there are that find it.”
The timing of our Lord’s coming.
It’s very likely that some remnant of the actual Ark of Noah will be found soon. There have already been a number of sightings in an area called the Ahorah Gorge on one side of Mt. Ararat. This is where a glacier descends. There have been many expeditions to the area, but so far nothing really substantial and provable has been found. There are many claims and stories.
Here are two interesting websites relating to the search for the remains of Noah’s ark:
Some remnants of Sodom and Gomorrah have also been unearthed near the Dead Sea.
These discoveries have an important message for us today. The message is that God’s judgement is real! A secondary message is: These things are coming again soon!
In Noah’s day he had warned of impending judgement. He didn’t know the exact day it world come. But he did know within a very short period of time. God instructed him to begin loading the ark not years ahead of time, but seven days before. The door was then supernaturally shut!
Lot was warned to get out of Sodom before the judgement fell.
In both of these stories we can assume that when the world manifests the same sort of characteristics, it is ripe for judgement. We know that when the judgement and wrath of God fall in the tribulation period, it’s a very short time until the second coming.
There are some who’ve put together very elaborate calculations relating to the days of Noah and the second coming. Some use the cycles of 490 years, others use the Jubilee cycles. There are some mathematical calculations that are so complex that I wouldn’t bother.
I’ve looked at most of them. Some are very compelling. There is one characteristic that’s similar in many of them and that is that they’re all pretty close to each other. Most of the good ones place the second coming within a few years of each other. These are around 2019 – 2021. (Come forward seven years for the tribulation period)
My personal view is that we may see the tribulation begin at the Feast of Trumpets of 2014. (Note I said “may”)
So, we have many signs dovetailing together and a whole lot of calculations done by various people all pointing to the same general time period.
This one or that one may be wrong, but the fact that there’re so many so close to each other, gives some very serious gravity to the whole situation.
More and more ministries and “watchmen” are unanimously seeing that we’re very close to the whole end-time scenario, its spectacular judgements and great wonders.
Isaiah 52:8 “Your watchmen shall lift up their voices...for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.”
How amazing is that verse above? I already see it coming to pass in the many friends and associated ministries with an involvement in prophecy.
How to be safe with God.
Like a valuable diamond, it is formed away and out of sight from the masses and under great pressure. Yet something of incredible beauty and value is the result.
You need to separate yourself from the opinions of the masses, even they persecute you.
The first major thing you need to do is to ask yourself in all seriousness weather you really want God’s eternal best. You need to decide whether you’re prepared to love our Lord with all your heart.
Then of course you need to repent of all rebellion to God.
Then you simply need to follow Him as He leads by His Spirit and word.
Isn’t it amazing that the Bible predicts the course of the world so exactly? Prophecy is coming to pass exactly the way the Bible said it would, yet the great majority ignore it all! In many cases people actively come against the warnings of impending judgement. Only making their position so much worse!
Imagine coming against 2+2=4 all your life and then one day finding out that it was quite right!
The world is now ripe for destruction! It won’t take much longer.
As with Lot there is great importance in leaving the world now! Obviously I’m not talking about leaving literally. We are to leave its spirit and not to look back. God’s judgement is on it all. Everything outside of the cross of Christ is destined for judgement, wrath and destruction.
Get out now lest you be consumed by the iniquity of the world.
Please read edition 96 on “Holiness”
Mark 13:31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Isaiah 40:8 “The word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 54:9 “For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so I have sworn that I would not be angry with you or rebuke you...My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.”
Here’s a woodcut by Gustave Dore
Shalom and grow in grace!