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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 192. January 27th 2014
Opening the doors for Israel:
Opening the doors for Israel:
Revelation 3:7 “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.”
Isaiah 22:21-22 “...He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open and no one shall shut and shut and no one shall open.”
The two verses above are related. Isaiah expands on the message to the Church at Philadelphia in Revelation. The “key of David” is to have a spiritual fatherly attitude to the Jews. It is this that opens these critical doors.
We are talking about spiritual doors to salvation as well as having an appropriate fatherly attitude to the Jews in the sense that we should nourish, help, protect, lead and love them as future brothers and sisters in Messiah.
The great truth jigsaw:
In this day, perhaps the biggest issues of all are truth, deception and error. If you try to force the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into places where they don’t fit, it creates stress and an unclear picture. But when you get the pieces in the right places, you go Ahhh! And you can now see the picture clearly.
Truth creates an automatic deep inner rest, peace and joy. Truth bears witness to the Truth giver in your heart and everything snaps together, with deep inner comfort. The main reason for this is that unity is created between the depths of you, and the living God in your heart.
All error will create disunity between your own heart and God, which has its own rotten fruits.
If ever there is an important truth-issue it relates to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews in these days.
“Salvation is of and from the Jews”, says the Bible. There is no salvation apart from Israel’s God. If your saving God is not a Jew – you are not, and can’t, be saved! The coming Lion of the tribe of Judah is a Jewish Lion!
There is an amazing early example of anti-Semitism and its partner replacement theology found way back in the Exodus. In the story, Jethro the Gentile priest blessed Israel and the Jews. Then we have the opposite example in Amalek.
Exodus 17:8 “Now Amalek (a Gentile priest) came and fought with Israel.” Verse 13 “So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Verse 16 “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
Exodus 18:1 “Jethro, the (Gentile) priest of Midian, Moses father in law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people- that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.” Verse 9 “Then Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the Lord had done for Israel, who He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.”
The Amalekites aligned themselves with Egypt (a type of the world). Amalek was a grandson of Esau a Gentile priest, and an Arab. (This is the root of the Palestinians today.) In Jewish tradition Amalek represents pure evil. The name itself means the “evil eye” or the “severed eye”. This has connotations of spiritual blindness.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this world has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
The name Jethro means “more than enough or overflowing.”
So here we have two Gentile priests, one blessed Israel and one cursed Israel. One was gloriously rewarded, and the other saw his line cursed with war to all generations. One represents the Gentile Church standing with and blessing Israel, and the other represents the modern Gentile church of anti-Semitism and replacement theology.
So, here we have the origins of the story that is right before our eyes today! This is the story of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict and the story of one section of the church supporting the Palestinians and the other standing with God’s word for Israel. This is the biggest and most important issue in the world today!
The book of Esther reveals the tragic story of Haman. His name means “tumultuous noise”. He was a Persian (modern day Iran), but also a descendant of the Amalekites, revealed in the verses above in Exodus. So this man had the same generational curse upon him.
Queen Esther gave Haman the title “Haman the wicked” which, by the way, has the numeric gematria of 666, aligning Haman in type with the antichrist! (By the way, most of Israel’s enemies are linked in some way with the numbers 6, 666 or 13, which all have negative meanings attached to them.)
Haman developed a plot to kill all the Jews of Persia. His plot backfired in a miraculous way. Queen Esther revealed her secret Jewish identity and effectively saved the Jews. In the process Haman was executed on the gallows he made to have the Jew Mordecai murdered. The other enemies of the Jews were also executed on these gallows.
The story has a profound application for today. It reveals God’s purpose and plan coming to pass and just how insane it is to come against it, or even to side with those who are cursed to failure in war from generation to generation.
Interestingly, the gallows Haman made for Mordecai, that he himself was hung on, was 50 cubits high. (Esther 5:14). The number 50 means “deliverance” being associated with Jubilee. It is a number representing divine order! The number 50 is linked to the Exodus and the original birthday of Israel and their deliverance through the Red Sea.
The 50-cubit high instrument of death became part and parcel of the deliverance for the Jews. It surprisingly brought death to the one who plotted the destruction of the Jews, and on the other hand saw the divine purpose of God come about.
Can you see all the prophetic symbolism in the 50-cubit high gallows? Pharoah, Haman, Herod, Hitler, Iran’s leadership, the Palestinian leadership, the Catholic church, the owners of CNN and others like it, all prepared to, and are now preparing to destroy Israel. Have they got a nasty surprise coming!
The modern news media is following the plan of their leaders and owners – the god of this world, to throw Israel under the bus. Imagine the incredible shock of one day finding out that your employer was the devil himself and that you almost perfectly fulfilled his plan!
If you stand for the Palestinians and the two-state solution today, I have news for you. The news is this: You have chosen the side of doom. You will die on your own death trap! You think you are working for world peace, but you are working for world war and directly against God!
God chose Isaac and set aside Ishmael. He chose Jacob and set aside Esau, but you, modern media, have chosen the set aside ones and rejected God’s choice. You have chosen the ones cursed with war from generation to generation!
Genesis 17:18-21 “Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael (father of Arabs) might live before You! Then God said no, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac (the father of Jews); I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold I have blessed him, and make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly...but My covenant I will establish with Isaac.”
Genesis 15:18 “To your descendants (Jews) I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates.”
Esther risked her own life for the Jews. The message for the watchmen today is succinctly put in the verse below:
Esther 4:14 “If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place...yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
The verse above reveals a shocking truth. Being silent on these things is not God’s way. The Catholic church was silent during the Nazi Holocaust. They were complicit in it by their silence.
Let me ask you this; will you remain silent in these days? Perhaps you won’t and will chose the ones cursed with war from generation to generation. Or perhaps you have come to the kingdom for a time such as this!
To my friends and colleagues in the media who repeatedly put down Israel and exalt the Palestinians, ignoring God’s choice, how blind you are. Here are some quotes from your hero Adolf Hitler.
“Make the lie big, make it simple; keep saying it and eventually they will all believe it.”
“How fortunate it is for leaders that the masses do not think.”
“A real leader is one who can move the masses with the media.”
“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
O, you say, Hitler is not your hero! Then why do you use his techniques? Sorry, same spirit at work my friends! You are all little blind puppets!
Please understand that when God opened the doors for Israel in the past, he killed those that closed the doors. It is not a one-way situation.
Why is Israel so important?
Israel is the “apple of God’s eye” for one major reason. It is not because the Jews are special or any different from any other. It is not due to favouritism. It is due to God’s choice and to the fact that in His foreknowledge, God knows that they will ultimately obey Him and recognise who their Messiah is. (The Gentile nations evolved, but God created the Jewish nation in Abraham.)
They will finally fulfil the call of God to bring the good news of salvation to the world. Unfortunately most of that work will occur in the tribulation period. This work then brings in the climax of the ages - the Second Coming and following Millennial reign.
For this reason, the Bible declares that the gospel is to go to the Jew first and then the Gentile.
The Bible declares that the Gentile church is to make the Jew jealous.
So, is Israel important in God’s prophetic scheme of things – you bet!
Psalm 105:8-10 “He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations; the covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant.” (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob are the fathers of the Jewish people.)
Opening the doors for Israel:
God will open the spiritual doors to the salvation of the Jews. But the Gentile Church has a most significant role to play. Spearheading this dramatic and all important role, are God’s Gentile watchmen. They know Bible prophecy backwards, and open the doors for the others to walk through.
The Prophetic ministry is just like the eyes of the Church. Remove it, and the Church moves forward into battle- blind!
I recall doing numerous mission and environmental working trips into some extremely remote and wild places. One of these was the remote Okavango River Delta in Botswana, one of my favourite places. It is the biggest inland delta in the world – over 15,000sq kms big. It consists of thousands of waterways with islands big and small as far as the eye can see.
On occasion we would go for seven days at a time in dugouts to get to the larger islands where the secretive river bushmen dwell, to bring them the gospel. (Image above.) These islands are teeming with wildlife. On one occasion there were eight of us and we slept under the stars. We divided the nights up into eight sections and one person sat night-watch to keep the fire going and then waken the next one to do his shift.
On my shift, I heard seven lions roaring at different locations around us. In the morning, the lion spoor was everywhere, but we didn’t even see them. The fire had kept them away (just).
We were night watchmen keeping ourselves alive! Many have been killed in the Delta for not having a fire and night-watch.
●How much more important it is, and must be to sit night-watch for Israel! Surrounding Israel are numerous hungry lions. It is our job to watch for them while they are largely in spiritual blindness.
Isaiah 21:11“Watchman, what of the night? Watchman what of the night?...”
Isaiah 62:6 “I have set watchmen on your walls O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night...do not keep silent, until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.”
Ezekiel 3:17 “I have made you a watchmen for the house of Israel, therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning for Me.”
Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort, yes comfort My people, says your God, speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
This amazing verse above is not speaking to the Jews. It is speaking of them, but because of the language, it is speaking to another company of people who would have an interest in the Lord’s people. This is addressed to the Gentile believers!
We can’t repay the debt we owe to the Jews, and we can’t undo all the harm done to them in the name of the church, but we can stand with and identify with them.
Closing the doors for Israel:
The Romans invented the name “Palestine” in the 2nd century with the express purpose of blotting out the Jews. God invented the name Israel. It is 3000 years old.
The Roman church has spent almost its entire existence trying to eliminate the Jews in one way or another, the inquisitions being the worst. The funny thing is that will all soon bow to the Jews!
The Muslims bricked up the Golden Gate (image above with palm tree) to prevent the prophecy coming to pass saying that the Messiah will return and enter Jerusalem through this gate! Have they got a surprise coming! In fact all anti-Semitic attacks on Israel and the Jews have been for one underlying reason and that is Satan’s plan to keep the Jews from salvation.
The problem is much deeper and in many cases more subtle, but the same evil spirit is there. It simply manifests in a different way.
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
This is shocking to say the least. Since the death of TBN founder, his wife has taken over the reigns as President. She has now terminated all end-time ministries on TBN. A few years ago, all those appearing on TBN were forbidden from making any comments on Islam or Muslims showing them in a negative way. (I have email documentation from some who were warned, and others who were removed).
The husband removes truth about Islam and the wife removes truth about Israel.
Talk about stabbing yourself in the eyes!!
Be assured of one thing...it will backfire on them!
So now this institution has closed the doors of truth to Israel and opened the doors for her enemies! TBN your days are numbered! You will become more and more irrelevant.
This does not make all of those still there anti-Semitic instantly, but it strongly assists in closing the doors for Israel in so many ways. It also now identifies all those appearing on TBN as part of this new spirit within this organisation of opulence.
Isaiah 66:4 “So will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears upon them; because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but only did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”
Today many Christians will tell you that they love the Jews, but when the pressure is on, they will throw them under the buss and deliver them to the gas chambers. When the pressure is on they will go with the one they secretly love – the world.
The church has got so much Jewish blood on its hands, but the amazing thing is that a Jewish Lion is roaring now, and He will spill the blood of His Jewish enemies!
The two biggest culprits regarding closing the doors for the Jews are a major part of the church and almost all of the mainstream secular media.
Here are a few verses of profound importance:
Ezekiel 38:7-8 “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they had been brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.”
Isaiah 51:19-22 “Awake, awake! Stand up O Jerusalem, you who have drunk at the hand of the Lord, the cup of His fury; you have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling and drained it. There is no one to guide her among all the sons she has brought forth; nor is there any that takes her by the hand...See I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, lie down that we may walk over you.”
●●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...”
●●Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise, when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness".
The Hebraic character of the Church:
The church is unaware of just how enslaved and influenced it is by Babylon through the Catholic church. It has been completely re-characterised by Rome. This was done intentionally to keep the Jews out of the church. You may not agree with this, but to me all the trappings of Rome including Christmas, Easter, Lent, infant sprinkling and the rest are spiritual dirt with an evil air hanging over them. The Bible calls it all “the depths of Satan.”
The Hebraic Biblical convocations and practises are clean and holy.
I know of many churches that have opened the doors to Israel who have also reformed themselves in terms of these convocations and their appearances. Identification is important if only to affirm your beliefs and faith.
In my home I have a large silver and gold Menorah in the lounge, which I made myself, way back in the 80s. I have a shofar on my dining room table, which I engraved and decorated with gold, silver, pewter, beads and a ruby. (Image above) In my office/studio I have a pure wool tallit (prayer shawl) hanging in a corner.
These items are always a talking point as they should be in a church today. They are items of identification and also affirmations of faith in the enduring truth of God’s word.
The Hebraic character of the church is far more than these things. It also includes identifying with the seven feasts of the Lord. It also involves rejecting the counterfeit traditions and conversations that have re-characterised the church through the Catholics.
I can tell you that most Jews would spit before walking into a traditional church. But a church identified with Israel and with Hebraic customs is another story.
What you must do:
●You must familiarise yourself with all that the Bible has to say about these things. I strongly suggest that you watch / listen to the old-school deep, mature men of God on these issues. In the early 70s before I was saved, as a journalist, I met Derek Prince. I recall being struck in some way by him. Many years later, he became one of my few spiritual fathers. He was the most influential Christian Zionist ever. His ministry began during WW11. Derek died in 2003. The following video was made in the 1990s.
►This video by Derek Prince is a powerful teaching. It is entitled “Why Israel?” Click HERE.
●Many times when meeting a Jew, I apologise to them for the enormous, monstrous sins committed against the Jews by the Gentile world including the church.
●Years ago I used to lead groups of people on a three day climb to the top of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. We would sit on the cliff edges and make many repeated proclamations into the air. We would proclaim numerous Bible verses relating to Israel from the mountain tops.
You may think that demonstrative actions like this are meaningless. I tell that they are not, even if only to increase your own faith. God sometimes requires us to do off- the- wall things!
On numerous other occasions I would go to a nearby Jewish cemetery and lie face down on a grave, identifying myself with them symbolically. I would always start a long fast like this. As I arose from the grave, I would proclaim that Israel, although now dead, will soon arise to resurrection life in Messiah.
The point is that there are many ways and means of identifying with and standing for God’s word on Israel. Seek the Lord and obey what He leads you to do, even if it makes you look like an idiot.
●Do you want to be successful? Find out what God is doing and join Him! Do you want to fail in life and then go to hell to crown it all? Well, who would want that? Beware my friends; the fence is rising higher and higher!
The veil of spiritual blindness upon the Jews will blow from side to side in God’s fiery wind, revealing glimpses of their Messiah in preparation for the full lifting of the veil in the tribulation period. Your actions, prayers, and beliefs are that wind blowing the veil from side to side now.
Ezekiel 43:1-4 “He brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like many waters; and the earth shone with His glory...And the glory of the Lord came into the temple, by way of the gate which faces towards the east.”
Psalm 24: 7 “Lift up your heads O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of Glory shall come in.”
Psalm 118:19 “Open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go through them and praise the Lord.”
I took this picture recently from a chopper of the top of the Drakensberg. We used to climb to this spot to make our “Israel” proclamations. (I broke my neck here many years ago in a parachute accident that went wrong, leaving me temporarily quadriplegic.)
Ezekiel 36:8 “O mountains of Israel you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.”
Shalom and grow in grace!