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Assimilation is the opposite of separation. Islam wants world assimilation into Sharia law. Socialism wants assimilation into a borderless world and economic control. The devil wants assimilation into his evil system. The Bible forbids Jews from assimilating into the nations when they were scattered. (Ezekiel 11:16) The Bible demands that Christians don’t assimilate into the world and remain separate. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Zechariah 10:9 “I will sow them (Israel) among the peoples, and they shall remember Me in the far countries. They shall live together with their children, and they shall return.”
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.
15th March 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all:
The Bible reveals a controversy in the heart of the born-again believer. We are dead to self and sin, yet we keep arising, like dead men, to sin. (Romans 7:19) The work of the flesh wants to keep resurrecting sin in our lives, but when we see and understand the depth and power of the cross, self and sin stay dead.
You can’t beat sin’s power! That is a great revelation. You can only die to it.
Trying not to sin is the way of useless religion. It is the way of defeat and makes people subservient to the power of self / flesh.
Sin is a law, which always wins, just like gravity. You will be defeated and demoralised by trying to overcome it! It can only be overcome by a superior law – the law of life.
Romans 6:7 “He who has died has been freed from sin.”
Yes it’s all done for us in the spirit. But in the soul is the sneaky, sin-loving swine that needs to be defeated as we go forward.
The great exchange of our life for His life through the cross is only found in the New Covenant epistles. When it is at work, God’s way, it yields peace and many other glorious, good fruits.
A good measure of your progress in the Lord is seen in how often you say “thank you”, “please” and how often you yield, apologise and forgive others. It is also seen in how immovable you are on basic Bible truth. It is also seen in who your friends are and are not.
Getting slapped in the face is good for your progress. Actually, the slap is God’s doing, but turning the other cheek after being slapped, is our business. Turning the other cheek is our great opportunity for progress and service. It yields results.
The works of the law are about doing and not doing things. The law of life is all about being!
Many believers remain defeated at the foot of the cross. They believe in and apply the blood, which forgives sin, but they do not apply the cross, or their own daily cross, which strikes at the very root of sin. So they end up forgiven and burnt out from always trying to be holy.
The tragedy of superficiality today, is that many have tasted, received and applied some truth, but have not progressed far enough. Be careful out there, because not going far enough with our Lord is the first giant step to going backwards!
I love the Latin term, “Quo Vadis,” which means: “Where are you off to?” This was what our Lord said to Peter, who had basically given up following Him.
John 6:67 “Then Yeshua said to the twelve, do you also want to go away? Then Simon Peter said, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’”
We all need to progress beyond this devastating situation and the sooner the better! We have nowhere else to go, but to the devil and his world of perpetual, worsening evil. No way, no way! We must reach out always to our Lord, looking back with great thankfulness for His saving grace, and forward to the glory that lies before us.
►To the unsaved: Your time to reach out to our Lord for salvation is running out fast. What terrible regret there will be for those who miss their true golden opportunity! If God would allow you to come back and be saved after death, that would make the cross a mockery! Now is the time!
►To the backslider: Be careful...you are on very thin ice. Yes, the Lord loves the backslider, but He loves them to return. There are many big, hidden dangers for the backslider, especially in these days.
2 Peter 2:21 “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from it.”
For the pilgrim’s progress, many times our will must be crushed because we are not weak enough in and of our own strength. “O wretched man that I am” (Romans 7:24) and “I must decrease” (John 3:30) are powerful biblical proclamations! Out of that comes: “I am more than a conqueror in Him.” (Romans 8:37)
The essence of the Christian life is not a changed life, but an exchanged life.
Our end is God’s beginning, for us, and for His kingdom, and for the eternal universe!
When you effectively die to self, you are free to progress fast, motivated by the approval of God alone and not man.
Psalm 62:5 (Amp) “My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation is from Him.”
When you get your doctrine right, with a right heart, and the leading of the Spirit, it will fast-track and streamline your progress to perfection and victory, which will even be evident in your own thought life, which leads to your words and actions.
There is great importance in being tested. Every academic student gets tested. God tests the faith of His own. The end result of the test is pass or fail.
God sent Israel into the wilderness to “test them to humble them, to see what was in their heart, to do them good in the end. But they tested God in the wilderness, so He gave them their desires but sent leanness into their soul!” (Deuteronomy 8:2, 16, Psalm 106: 14-15)
2+2 = anything you want it to, if there is no truth. If there is, it is dogmatically: 2+2=4!
We must be especially on guard now in these times against the spirit of error within the church. It is becoming a fast moving plague in many churches. Just as the Bible predicts, there is also a great many progressing well and flying high with the Lord.
If you follow false teachers for any amount of time you will become a false Christian and you will soon become incapable of knowing the truth. Evil spirits of error will distort you.
It is most important who you receive from and who’s teaching you must reject. The spirit of error is very powerful, don’t underestimate it. Even its “truth” is pride-filled error.
Be careful of those who repeatedly come up with “private interpretations” which is condemned, or those who always go for fringe doctrines. (2 Peter 1:20)
Beloved brethren, you have arrived already and are arriving daily as you progress to soon coming glory!
Edition 149 January 28th 2013
Timing: What we can and can’t know:
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
●The US is to fast track the Israeli two-state solution, according to the State Dept. This joins US Secretary of State nominee John Kerry’s remarks that the two-state solution must be prioritised and fast tracked.
●Jordan’s King Abdullah tells the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “The two state solution is only possible as long as Obama is in power.”
●Israel deploys Iron Dome defence system to northern border with Syria.
●Israel says it will strike Syria if it is seen moving or transferring chemical weapons.
●Thousands join Obama and Biden for a One-World multi-faith service at the Washington National Cathedral. Represented were Muslim, Sikhs, Catholics, Jews and others. ***I wonder which god they prayed to.
●Iran has been off the media’s radar screen of late, but nothing has changed. Iran has renewed its threat to close the Straits of Hormuz if the US or others interfere with its nuclear program.
●Iran says, “An attack on Syria is an attack on us.”
●One of Iran’s nuclear facilities was destroyed by a mystery blast.
It’s not often that I feel so strongly, that I need to issue a warning like this on a deadly issue.
As you can see and as you know, this website is Messianic. The Messianic community is currently being divided by a deadly dangerous deception. It’s been around for ages, but is making advances now.
It centres on what in Biblical times was the work of the Judaisers.
The Judaizers were a sect of the Pharisees described in Acts 15. They are those who did not like the “liberty” Paul was preaching. They opposed him insisting on Torah keeping and coming under the law again.
The Judaizers within the Messianic movement today are an equally dangerous group.
I was recently sent an email by one of them accusing me of being demon possessed, cursed and on the road to hell, because I did not teach Torah observance and keeping it in a strict manner. By the way I respect the Saturday Sabbath, the Feast of the Lord, and the Law as a schoolmaster to lead people to Christ. I respect the Torah as a perfect shadow.
Here are some snippets of deception from some of them. These are so-called believers:
“Paul is a false apostle and must be completely rejected. Christianity is a Torah-less deception, not of God. Christianity is a bogus sect of the false apostle Paul. Not one Christian will be raptured.”
“Jesus is the antichrist.”
They say and presume that God has come only for them. Some go so far as to say that salvation is exclusively for the Jews, not understanding that the “Israel of God” includes Gentiles and almost the entire ministry of Paul was aimed at, and for the Gentiles.
►Please see the previous edition and the section titled “shadow dancing” for more and edition 133 entitled “The importance of Pentecost”.
“You shall know them by their fruits.” LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THE FRUITS OF THESE PEOPLE ARE JUDGMENTALISM, BITTERNESS, PRIDE, HATRED, AND THE LIKE...always.
Paul was accused of many things, but always by the godless.
If you say that Paul was a false apostle, you must rape the word of God and decimate it. If Paul’s writings should not be in the Bible as many claim, YOU ARE INTEFEARING WITH THE VERACITY OF GOD'S WORD, AND ELEVATING YOURSELF TO GOD’S OWN JUDGE IN YOUR PRIDE AND ARROGANCE.
Paul’s ministry is centred on righteousness and holiness by faith and grace rather than by the works of the Law. Paul’s ministry did not dismiss the Law, but taught that the way to achieve God’s required results was NOT by Torah keeping and the law of Moses.
The Judaizers claim that we are therefore lawless. The law says do not murder. Believers who reject salvation and righteousness by the works of the law are not murderers. We don’t murder because the law of faith and grace in our hearts leads us that way.
Galatians 2:20-21”...The life I now live, I live by faith...I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ died in vain.”
The fruits of living by faith are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
Paul contrasts the fruits of the Spirit not with the fruits of the Law, but the works of the law /flesh! Works do not produce fruit. The miracle of internal life produces fruit!
Galatians 3:10 “As many as are under the works of the law are under a curse”...no one is justified by the law.
Galatians 5:19 “...If you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law. The works of the flesh are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions jealousy, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, divisions, heresies, envy, murder drunkenness, revelries and the like.
I have personally encountered extreme hatred, contentions, wrath, divisions and heresies through these people many times, but especially of late!
They just remove what they don’t like from the Bible.
The true Messianic believer is one who embraces the Abrahamic expression of faith, which is to the Jew, the Gentile, and the Arab. It is to see them reconciled as one in the faith of Yeshua, with a Hebraic expression of faith, but without the yokes of bondage of legalism.
The gifts of the Spirit are in Acts 20:29 and Ephesians 4:11-14 are to bring us to the unity of the faith.
Please be warned of those who try to back into bondage under the Law or into Law-keeping. Just look at their fruits and you will know who to avoid.
Don’t get into arguments and discussions with them; they are spiritually blind. One of these individuals keeps condemning and criticizing me with amazing hatred. I never respond to his theology, just his fruits!
The body of Messiah has been under great attack by Satan working through Babylon on the one side of the road and the Judaizers on the other. What we need to is to stay with Messiah central,in themiddle of the road, avoiding the ditches on both sides.
Today there are a great many people looking for truth. They can’t find it in their churches, except for little bits. They love our Lord and want to move forward with Him. They desire the truth contained in the true Messianic movement. As such they are vulnerable to being drawn into this terrible, poisonous end-time deception. You will know them by their fruits.
No ministry or individual that elevates itself / himself above the entirety of the scriptures is to be trusted. Those who reject Paul and the New Testament epistles must be rejected. (Peter recognised that what Paul wrote was scripture.)
The true Messianic expression of faith is wonderful, full of light, liberty, life, fruit, holiness, truth and the glory of our risen Jewish Messiah.
In coming editions I’ll share with you the dangers of many new dangerous heresies including “The Hebrew Roots Movement.” “The Insider Movement” and others. The church will come under greater attack as we move foreward. You may not be aware that there are various organisations that regularly pray against Christians.
Timing: What we can and can’t know:
Amos 3:7 “The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Genesis 18:17 "The Lord said "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do..."
Job 11:6 “O that God would show you the secrets of wisdom.”
Daniel 2:22 “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness.”
Something big is going to happen soon on the prophetic scenario. I don’t know what it is, but I feel it in my bones! It will be something earth shattering!
There is very much that we are entitled to know and in fact must know relating to the coming of our Lord and the surrounding events. It may come as a surprise, but there are many things we are “commanded” to know, as you will see.
There are serious consequences to ignorance of what we must know!
If you are waiting for a train, don’t you think it’s a good idea to have a look at the timetable?
There are some things we are not entitled to know and should not bother trying. As for me...that’s just fine. My God knows everything. He knows why there are some things that we are not entitled to know!
Job 37:5 “God thunders marvellously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.”
Knowledge of things to come is not static. Daniel puts it this way “Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
He speaks here of knowledge increasing. This applies well to a world in which knowledge in general is exploding in recent times. But it also applies to knowledge of God and His word in these days. We will continue to see knowledge of God’s word expand as we go on into prophetic times.
As we move closer to the coming of our Messiah, He will also pour out relevant knowledge and understanding of it all.
John 16:13 “When He the Spirit of Truth has come He will show you things to come.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Matthew 16:3 “...Hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Hebrews 10:25 “...Exhort one another, so much more as you see the day approaching.”
Why is it dangerous not to watch?
27% of the Bible is prophecy! Do you think such a large chunk of the Bible may just be important? Many don’t! In their blind ignorance they remove and ignore what they deem to be objectionable.
It is dangerous to be ignorant of at least the overall big prophetic picture, for a number of reasons. Firstly, our Messiah commands us not to be ignorant of these things and He commands us to be watchful. That’s enough right there!
Luke 19:43-44 “Your enemies will build embankments around you, surround you and close you in...Because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Most are not aware of the fact that we live in a spiritual environment. Believe it or not, this world is filled with unseen spirits. The Bible speaks of the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error. You can be very sure that evil forces will lead you astray if you ignore God’s word.
The Bible says that our God is not a God of confusion and that Satan is the god of confusion!
It really is all about the condition of your heart before our Lord.
Ephesians 4:17-18 “You should no longer walk as the Gentiles do in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts.”
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge (of God), I will reject you from being priest for Me...”
Acts 17:30 “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands men everywhere to repent.”
Job 42:5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my spiritual eye sees You, therefore I repent in dust and ashes.”
Signs of the times:
The Bible uses the word “signs” in numerous places. What is a sign? You drive past them and see them dozens of times a day. They present you with something, right in your face, which you need to know now!
Many times Biblical signs are unmistakable and sometimes they have hidden or allegorical meanings, in which interpretation and application are needed. This is where you need to know the author, the Holy Spirit well, so that He can lead you into all truth. Every single big event and large move of God was preceded with Biblical signs. Nothing has changed.
Our Lord places particular emphasis on many end-time signs including the rapture, the tribulation period and the Second Coming.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 “But you brethren are not in the darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief. You are sons of the light and sons of the day...therefore let us not sleep but watch and be sober.”
We must and can know the signs so that we don’t get deceived. Do you know that the Bible says, “The love of many will grow cold” in the last days? The deceiver will have the victory over these people.
If you do not know the signs you will not understand what is coming and why. We will soon see a new global multi-level crisis and out of the chaos will arise a global saviour...the antichrist! He will be hugely successful!
Whatever your position is, you need to keep yourself informed. Look in on this website and others like it regularly. We the authors will do our best to stand in the gap for you; we will always do the work and present it to you.
Signs of the coming world economic collapse:
The world economy is heading for a new world currency and government. For this to happen turmoil in the existing set up must be created. Many people are in captivity to money. It’s their idol. As with all idols it will be destroyed. People attached to their idols will cry as the new round of chaos comes.
The verses below are profound. Read them!
Habakkuk 2:6-9 “Woe to him who increases what is not his and to him who loads himself with many pledges. Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. Because you have plundered many nations ...Woe to him who covets evil for his house, that he may set his nest on high.”
The verse above is amazing isn’t it? Do you see what it is saying?
There is nothing wrong with debt as long as it remains manageable and serviceable. Let’s use the big one as an example. The USA is nearly $17 trillion in debt. Its debt is rising faster and faster. The debt is rising much faster than the ability to service it. Their debt ceiling has been raised regularly in the past and again needs to be raised! The US has no way of servicing its debt. The only way it can is immoral and that is to switch the dollar printing press to “fast”. You can’t continue to spend money you don’t have even if you can manufacture it. That devalues the currency and brings other problems.
Pretty soon it will all go bang! Do you know what it takes to cause a massive economic world crash and collapse ending in crippling recession, with numerous terrible side effects and disasters? It takes a small group of people looking into the future and panicking. The psychological, emotional forces of fear, greed and the like suddenly come into play. These forces always overshoot and overreact, but they spread around the world at lightning speed. Panic becomes capitulation and everything, even the nations which are okay, get sucked into the downward spiral.
A huge financial crash and melt-down does not come along because the fundamentals have suddenly exploded. The cause is always sentiment and emotion of fear and or greed. Interestingly, stock markets always crash from highs or near highs.
Note that the verse above says it happened “suddenly”. This is a perfect Bible example of a world economic melt-down and crash. The unsaved have materialism, houses, cars and money in the place of faith.
This verse in Habakkuk above is so relevant to today isn’t it? It’s about to become reality! We most certainly can know what is in the future for the world economy and we must. It is heading for disaster, so that Satan can then bring in a system of massive domination and control.
The economic system of the tribulation period under the antichrist (false Messiah) will be one of domination and control to the extreme. It will put Marx to shame.
Signs in the natural world and in the sky:
The graph below shows the increase in natural disasters from 1952 to 2009. Today it would have risen even more!
This is just the start of the birth pangs; we’re not even at the big events of the tribulation. The graphs of the frequency and intensity of disasters are rising sharply but are still in Mickey Mouse territory compared to what’s coming.
Generally, disaster data has increased 10 fold since 1950s
Luke 21:25-26. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars; and on the earth distress of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and expectation of those things that are coming on the earth, for the power of the heaven will be shaken.”
This verse above and others like it in Matthew speak of the time in the tribulation period, but we will see forerunners and birth pangs ahead of time. If we will see a big rise in birth pangs, what is the birth? As at the First Advent, the birth is the Second Coming as well as the Millennium age.
There will be dozens of signs in the skies. Some will be natural and predictable. Some will be supernatural, unpredictable and astounding.
The majority of these will be in the tribulation period.
These signs will primarily be in the form of meteors and asteroids striking the earth and approaching comets. But there will also be massive hail stone bombardments and incredible heat causing people to wish for death.
There will be other signs in the form of demonic manifestation relating to UFO’s aliens and the like. These will all be demonic with the primary purpose of bringing massive deceptions to the world. The subject is very interesting and will be the subject of a separate edition soon.
Signs on the timing of the Lord’s coming:
The Bible gives us dozens of signs, but also puts a limit on the exact, precise time. Even that, though is open to various forms of interpretive speculation. Personally, I enjoy looking at it all and do so regularly with an open mind. But I have to come to see the wisdom in not being dogmatic on certain things! (O yes, and very dogmatic on other things!)
Interestingly 2014 will see a number of very unusual events in the sky, which won’t occur for another 300 years or so. Two solar eclipses and four lunar eclipses including a tetrad all happen on Feast days. Blood moons and eclipses are interesting, but are most certainly not of key importance on their own. When combined with many other things the weight becomes more substantial.
Many people say that there are no Bible signs preceding the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Generally that is so, but most prophecy students and teachers, including myself believe that there is a powerful message in the Feasts of the Lord. They all have a prophetic fulfilment in reality. We have now seen the first four being fulfilled and the remaining three await fulfilment. The next is the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah.
Without doubt this Feast will be fulfilled by the start of the tribulation period.
Now if we believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, we can look for signs of the tribulation start. Likewise we can look for signs relating to the Second Coming and just project back seven years to the start of the tribulation.
In many previous editions, I’ve dealt with the possibility of Trumpets 2014 for the possible start of the tribulation. If you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and you know when the tribulation will start...hmmm!
God warned the world ahead of the judgement of Noah. He also warned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ahead of their destruction. Today God is warning the world and they are not listening!
The Bible says the coming of the Lord will be as in the days of Noah and Lot. We are most certainly in the era of arising homosexuality and other signs as in Noah’s day.
A surprising word on Lebanon:
Isaiah 23:15-18 “Tyre (in Lebanon) will be forgotten 70 years. After the 70 years Tyre will take a harp, and go about the city like a harlot. Then the Lord will visit Tyre, but she will commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world. Her pay will be set apart for the Lord... It will be for those who dwell before the Lord...”
This verse implies that Lebanon will be forgotten (spiritually) for seventy years. This in fact has been the case since independence in 1943, when Lebanon changed from a majority Christian state to a majority Muslim state. It is now 59% Muslim, a complete reversal. After the 70 years, it appears that many in Lebanon will begin to get saved. This would mean sometime now in 2013. Lebanon is due for a wonderful meeting with our Lord. Lebanon is not fully Muslim so doors are open.
The following verses of this passage deal with the “impending judgement on the earth", the tribulation period.
Other prophecies, some of which I’ve dealt with in some recent editions, indicate that Lebanon is going into major conflict very soon with Israel. Could these things all be intertwined?
Nuclear war is coming soon!
►Please see edition 147 entitled “The rapture revisited.” And have a look at the section headed “The most shocking verses of scripture you will read in a long time.” This is an amazing revelation on nuclear war as well.
Here are some Bible verses hinting at or implying nuclear war.
Zechariah 14:12 “This shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem; their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.”
Ezekiel 38 & 39 (These two chapters deal with the “war of Gog and Magog” which most believe will be WW111. There are a number of verses implying nuclear conflict.
Joel 2:2-10 “A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people great and strong, the like of whom has never been...a fire devours before them; the land is like the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness. Their appearance is like horses, with a noise like chariots...like the noise of a flaming fire. Before them people writhe in pain...They do not break ranks, staying in their own columns. When they lunge between the weapons they are not cut down...The earth quakes before them, and the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark...”
This is another verse to add to the “flying megillahs” of edition 147!
The type of language used here seems to indicate nuclear weapons; simple logic says it is going to be worse than the worst nightmare, when it does all start!
Please remember that when we are dealing with application of scripture rather than direct interpretation, we must allow for being wrong or mistaken. Yes we can say that it’s the Lord leading us, but we should be cautious in speaking for the Lord!
Signs relating to the Middle East:
I’ve dealt with these in a few recent editions, so I won’t go into detail here now. The Middle Eastern Islamic Arab nations are on a collision course with Israel and her God! Syria is simmering and about to explode into wider much more severe conflict and destruction. Jordan is next and is going to be a catastrophe. Egypt round two will follow, with Lebanon involved. Iran will be the big one. It will lead the world into WW111.
There are a number of big signboard warnings on this subject. They all centre on Islam’s desire for full control of all Israel. The dividing of Israel and Jerusalem are the catalysts and the big warning signs from God.
The world’s roadmap to peace is the road to destruction on a massive scale! The big primary signs are Joel 3:2 and Zechariah 12:2-3
Signs relating to Israel:
Isaiah 11:12 “He will set up a banner (sign) for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
The above verse does not relate to the return from the Babylonian captivity as many say. A simple reading shows that this return is from the whole world, but more than that it is a “banner” to those with eyes to see.
Most of the prophetic word relates to the ingathering of Israel to their land, their coming salvation in large numbers, their persecution and such issues. Here are just a few of the thousands of verses:
Romans 11:25-27 “Do not be ignorant of this mystery...that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know, I will lead them in paths they have not known I will make darkness light before them.”
Luke 21:29-32 “Look at the fig tree (Israel) and all the trees (the other nations); when they are already budding, you see and know that summer is near. Likewise, when you see all these things happening, know (lit=I command you to know) that the kingdom of God is near.”
Hosea 11:10 “They shall walk after the Lord. He will roar like a lion. When He roars then His sons shall come trembling from the west.”
The major signs in this regard are being fulfilled now. Israel is back in her land, Jerusalem is hers and many are being saved.
Have a look at the wonderful video clip on the “Living Stones”
You will be hearing a lot more about these exciting Living Stones soon and an affiliation with The Prophetic Scroll.
Some extra-Biblical items.
Be careful of extra-Biblical material. They are dealing with non-inspired things. They are only interesting as and when they add to or confirm the inspired things of God’s word.
According to the Central Mosque (website below), the Islamic Mahdi (their Messiah) will make his appearance on earth in 2014 during the time of the two eclipses.
I will give little credence and value to this issue, but I mention it simply as an additive.
The New Age movement is expecting their messiah, lord Maitreya in 2014, although some believe he has already arrived and is in waiting.
What we can’t know:
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord, but the things revealed belong to us...”
The verse above is quite clear. It really is futile trying to find out what is hidden. There is coming a day when we will know all things.
There is far much more that many people say we can’t know that we actually can know. Those who say things like that are generally not students of the word of God, but repeat hearsay and the opinions of man.
What sort of person may know Truth?
Let’s make one thing very clear. The deeper Truth is only available to certain types who meet the conditions. That’s not popular is it? But the return of our Lord as the Lion of Judah won’t be popular either!
The intellectual does not qualify. The person who believes he is owed the truth by God, does not qualify. Many modern preachers swimming in the lap of luxury and pride do not qualify.
The ones who qualify are those walking in humility and brokenness, taking up their cross daily.
Of course an intellectual may fit this bill also, but it is rare.
Pride is a deadly thing before our Lord, but it is especially a truth killer.
James 4:6 “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble”. If you are full of pride, not only will you get nothing from God, but He is actually resisting you. What an amazing thing! Humility before God and His words is a prerequisite to receive from God.
God gives grace to the humble. Do you know that the word “grace” in many languages is the same as the word for thank you? So when we approach God in humility, not only do we receive from Him but He, the King of the universe actually says “thank you” to us!
The unpopular messenger:
Jeremiah 20:9-11 “His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back and could not. Many were mocking me, fear on every side...all my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying, perhaps he can be induced; then we will prevail against him. But the Lord is with me as a mighty awesome one. Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail...”
Hey, hey Jeremiah...one day I want to sit down with you and have a chat! But then Noah and others were also rejected for bringing an unpopular message of destruction!
Today very few people have any interest at all in prophecy. When the Lord’s messenger brings them the prophetic word and it doesn’t suit them they turn on the messenger! That’s a common situation. I know I know it well.
Isaiah 62:1 “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burns.”
Prophecy relating to end-time events and the coming of our Lord is actually great and wonderful news for those who are His. It is a fearful tragedy and terror of monumental proportions for those who are not His. Those who are attached to the world system will turn against our Lord rather than Satan.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter who knows and believes what. Our wonderful Lord of glory is coming soon anyway, but how much better to be ready to meet Him.
The world will make the wrong choices! It is guaranteed to make the wrong choices. It is written and cast in the stone of Bible prophecy! All the kings and queens, big deals and little deals will make the wrong choice and go with the world and its god, Satan.
I’ve said this many times and will continue to do so. According to numerous verses there will be few saved and many lost. Please take that seriously! Please, please!
God’s love is reaching out to you now and drawing you deeper into His kingdom. This is the answer to everything!
It is the very essence of wisdom to accept, believe and do God’s will...it is the way to glory!
Proverbs 3:32-35 “His secret council is with the upright...He gives grace to the humble...The wise shall inherit glory.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from your word.”
Isaiah 21:11“Watchman what of the night, watchman what of the night.”
Here’s a picture I did some time ago of a King Protea. I smeared some grease on the lens which created the starburst, soft effects. Enjoy!
Shalom and grow in grace!