|This ministry has a distinct kingdom vision, identifying with God’s call and plan for Israel and the church. My position is pre-trib! I was saved in 1976 while working as a war correspondent, journalist, photographer, artist and environmentalist. My calling is to share with you the great end-time dramas, to stand as a watchman and above all, to glorify my God.|
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- Covid 19 virus is still spreading worldwide. Watch for this to level off. Watch for the infection rate to begin to decline. It will happen and soon. Watch for many leaders to turn to God. Some are!
- China is to lift lockdown on April 8th as 1.5 billion worldwide go into lockdown.
- This pandemic is going to take a large chunk out of world economic growth and set back nations and people already struggling.
- Interestingly the word “Corona” means “crown” it is also a fiery ring surrounding the sun visible at an eclipse. Does it symbolise a crown of fiery judgement?
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►►►Regular readers of The Prophetic Scroll are hereby informed that this Covid19 virus will not come near you. I and my prayer team are praying this as a specific prayer of protection over you.
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Revelation 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive her plagues.”
Isaiah 52:11 “Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her. Be clean, you who bear the vessels (word) of the Lord.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
27th March 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Watchmen who spy with their little eye:
A major goal of The Prophetic Scroll (TPS) is to be ahead of the curve. It is to have eyes looking into the future. It is to hear the word of the Lord and to inform and warn of things to come.
Here at TPS you will find teaching and encouragement for your heart and your head. You will be kept safely in the arms of our Lord, through the work of the Spirit of God.
The spread and growth of the coronavirus is often represented as a curve in a graph, with the largest numbers at the peak of the curve.
I have some good news for you:
The coronavirus has run its course and is over! You might think I’m mad! Well, there are two issues here. Firstly, that is the sense I get from the word of the Lord. Secondly that is what the graphs and charts are saying.
Of course it’s not over in reality yet, but the curve in most places has peaked. You may surprised to know that China’s Wuhan Province where the virus started and killed many is already back to normal with all services, factories transport and industries back to normal operation. (Look it up) Other nations are seeing a flattening of the curve after the peak. A few are still seeing an increase.
We are to look out into the future and not right at our noses. Yes I do believe there is going to be a lot of difficulty ahead, but the human spirit has strong bounce-back ability.
Stock markets are always anticipatory of future economic fundamentals. They price in the future now. We have seen world markets crash and then crash again. But in the last week or so they have registered repeated record runs higher, including the largest ever one day point gain in history on the Dow.
Markets create many signals including the reliable “key reversal signal” which is a capitulation to the downside and a “V” shaped spike higher forming a number of higher highs on the charts. This is just what we have now.
Can the markets still go down? Yes they can take another hit, but the main, furious downside is over.
All the pessimists including Christian pessimists can only see the reality of sick, dying and dead people everywhere! They can’t see the light in the tunnel because they are the dark tunnel.
The mass media have created a no-man’s land riddled with mine-fields saying, ‘don’t resist our opinions’. They have created a fortified ‘city’ full of so-called giants of their own opinions.
Let’s put this into spiritual terms with our two good friends of antiquity – Joshua and Caleb.
Joshua and Caleb:
These were two of the twelve spies sent by Moses to spy out the Promised Land of Israel.
This story relates prophetically to Israel’s future salvation, and also applies to God’s promises for the Christian.
We should all know the story. All the spies saw the same thing which was a land flowing with milk and honey, but with big giants and fortified towns. Ten came back and accurately reported what they saw and thought. They said that it was impossible to defeat these giants and the fortifications.
Joshua and Caleb saw the same things but in faith, looked beyond and came back with an outrageous, radical, good report in light of all the bad things. It defied eyes, ears and logic!
We have exactly the same picture with David and Goliath, which speaks very much of Israel’s fight for survival today.
Joshua and Caleb refused to see themselves as submitted grasshoppers controlled by evil.
The ones who went into the Promised Land had wholeheartedly followed God.
The ten evil spies had significant influence. They held the majority consensus, because they thought they could see with their eyes. The Bible says that the caused the entire congregation to murmur. (Numbers 14:17-38)
The ten with the evil report led the entire camp of the children of Israel to banishment by God in the wilderness, where they all died of the plague. Joshua and Caleb were the ones to lead the new flock into the land.
The ten spies are represented in the mass-media. They see with eyes that cannot see.
Tragically, much of the church today not only carries the virus of the ten evil spies relating to Israel, they actually facilitate it with their anti-Semitism and replacement theology.
You must have spiritual eyes to hear God’s trumpet warnings, or the holy, golden, shining sword is coming your way fast. (Deuteronomy 32:41, Ezekiel 21:9)
I believe that’s not politically correct today to say a sword is coming! – Voetsak!
Two pretty neat watchmen!
The twelve spies were sent to spy out the land. Only two of the ten were God's watchmen.
●The word “spy” is Strong’s H8446 meaning to seek, search and explore.
●The word “watchman” is Strong’s H6822 meaning to keep watch, or to spy out and observe. Note that the meanings are almost identical.
Today we have many self-proclaimed watchmen. They are part of the ten evil spy network! They spy out what they see. They report on what they see and speculate with variables. They are repeatedly wrong. (I heard of one who recently claimed that the rapture would take place on Purim, because that’s when Jews get drunk in the streets! – What garbage!)
Some people are so thickly deceived that even if you show them the truth, they will still believe a lie. That is because deception is primarily an evil spirit, which becomes imbedded if not cut out.
So, if the Covid 19 story is on the way out, have we learned the lesson? Many have. Many are talking of national repentance. Many joined for urgent prayer and still are. But many have not. These are those who never will. They are the doomed ones. Please don’t be one!
How many large biblical abominations present in the nations, that led to their national curses will go? Very few will!
What is important and coming soon is the next round of catastrophic judgment on this world. This is because of the overall place we are in prophecy. It will speed up.
The truly blind media and their blind sheep have denied God and His word. They have by extension denied mankind the ability to see sin, wickedness and abomination.
►Here is a most powerful lesson for you in these days:
Deuteronomy 8:2 “The Lord your God led you all these forty years in the wilderness to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart. Verse 16: He might humble you and test you to do you good in the end.”
Psalm 106:14-15 “They soon forgot His works, they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert, so He gave them their requests, but sent leanness into their soul.”
Some of these end-time things are great surgical tools for your heart!
Psalm 71:20-21 “You have shown me great and severe troubles, You shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness and comfort me on every side.”
2 Kings 6:16 “Do not fear, for those that are with us are more than with them.” The Lord opened their eyes to see mountains full of chariots of fire all around Elisha!
Welcome to TPS – your very own Joshua and Caleb for today’s exciting and unique times!
Edition 207. May 14th 2014
When will the Tribulation Period begin?
When will the tribulation begin?
This has been one of the most enduring questions of the ages. Because it is important it is controversial, but in the midst of the confusion is the glorious truth, which is more positive than you can imagine.
The question, when will the tribulation begin, is obviously also related to the question, when will the rapture occur?
In this edition I will add to my thesis revealed in many previous editions that the rapture will occur right at the start of the tribulation and not when it ends.
What is the tribulation period and why?
The Bible reveals exactly what the tribulation period is. It is not the tribulations that we as believers go through in normal life. It is not world wars or any natural or man-made upheavals.
It is two periods of 1260 days making 2520 days, or seven years in Hebrew years of 360 days each.
It is a specific period, cut out of time, in which the culmination of all evil and all God’s work reaches a climax. It is the period in which God’s judgement on all rebellion to Himself culminates. It is the defined period of the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man all in their final manifestation.
You’ve heard about “hell on earth”? This will be the worst time the world has seen in history, but will be a picnic compared to hell. (Revelation 12:12)
The tribulation period is the culmination of the Old Covenant, which has been on hold during the Church dispensation for almost 2000 years. It is the final seventieth week of years of Daniel 9. The sixty nine weeks of Daniel deal exclusively with Israel. The seventieth week is part of the sixty nine and therefore is associated again with Israel and the closing of the Old Covenant.
The tribulation period is also called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) Jacob is always a reference to the Jews and never the church.
The tribulation period sees the culmination of God’s working with the Jews. Many Gentiles will be saved in the tribulation, becoming “tribulation saints”, but the primary action is with the Jews.
There will be monumental wars throughout the tribulation period, but it will not end that way. It will end with the return of our Lord. He will speak the final word and it will all be over!
Is the tribulation fair?
Our God is the God of all things and every little atom and aspect of our lives. If mankind sets himself up as God’s enemy, steals his life and joins up with Satan, knowingly or not – God will judge justly and in terms of His righteousness and justice.
The future universe will be sin- free. It will holy and pure. (Revelation 22:3) The tribulation is the final cleansing process.
It’s so much easier to understand the tribulation period and the wrath of God when we understand why it’s coming. The Law of God shows us what sin is. It also shows us what holiness is. Without an understanding of the law of God you will not even begin to understand what sin and holiness is.
I don’t know what country you live in, but let me ask you this: Is ignorance of the law of the land an excuse to break the law? Here where I live it isn’t. Is the world justified in its rebellion to God’s law because they do not know God’s law? No it isn’t. You are supposed to know the law.
The coming judgements of the Bible are so enormous and catastrophic, very few can even imagine it. In fact the severity is one of the reasons why the world mocks and scoffs at it all.
Genesis 4:13 “Cain said to the Lord, My punishment is more than I can bear.”
This is the dangerous heart of the criminal mind. It includes all people who are against God. They will rebel even more against God as His wrath is poured out in the tribulation period.
Do you know how wonderful and safe it is to say the opposite of what Cain said? Try saying to God that you are a rebel and that you deserve the punishment of hell. Tell Him that you now come to Him in brokenness and sorrow for sin, and in repentance. You will be eternally safe!
The criminal mind always hates the law and blames others.
Today many churches have watered down holiness and become lukewarm. The Emergent church movement and many others have got rid of hell, the cross and coming judgement. Have they all got a bit more than a nasty surprise coming?
It is only the cross of Messiah that cleanses and separates us from sin, Satan, and the world. It is only the cross that protects us from the coming judgement upon the world.
The unsaved and the un-crucified, counterfeit Christian have the world as their kingdom. If you do not have the cross at work in you, Satan will give you the world. (1 John 5:19) It is his to give you! The only people who don’t need to take up their cross are the worldly!
The tribulation is fair. It comes from God. God judges sin.
So, when will it begin?
Firstly, no one knows exactly, for sure! But we have many indications in the Bible and in reality that point to the time-period.
There are many Bible codes, expositions on various verses and many such things that are all pretty close in time. So it’s a real gamble rejecting it all!
There are those who will know the time and those who will not know the time! The Bible commands us to know the time in many passages and says that it is the unbelievers who will not know the time! The precise day and hour is another thing.
There is very little doubt and great consensus among prophecy teachers that the tribulation period will begin on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah). It is the next of the feats to be fulfilled in historical space and time. The consensus is, Trumpets = tribulation start. Days of Awe = mid-tribulation and specific wrath of God. Tabernacles = Second Coming and Millennium start. The previous Feasts have already been fulfilled in the events of the cross and the Pentecost.
The Feast of Trumpets is a two day affair, so if the rapture / tribulation start were to begin then it would satisfy the verse saying, “No one knows the day or hour.”
The question is which Feast of Trumpets? This one coming up now in our month of September 2014 marks the start of the Jewish year 5775 on the secular calendar and 6000 on the spiritual calendar.
The image above from the Torah Calendar shows that we are now at 5999 and about to go into 6000. It also coincides with the 120th jubilee cycle. Genesis 6:3 speaks of God not striving with man forever, then it says that the days of man will be 120 years. This could be a type of the 120 jubilees.
Here is a larger version of it on the calendar: Torah Calendar
There is much talk about the jubilees and timing. I think it is interesting, and the jubilee cycles do line up, but God stopped counting jubilees when Israel was out of favour and has not been counting jubilees in the church age.
So, you have to then say, “Let’s count them as though God were still counting.” That may have significance, but don’t put too much emphasis on it.
So we have a fair amount of weight pointing to this coming Feast of Trumpets as the starting point for the tribulation period.
I must caution that none of this is absolutely a done deal. There are errors in calendars and many other variables that can come into the picture. What I am doing here is simply watching / looking at the evidence and presenting it to you as a possibility, nothing more.
The tribulation will begin with the signing or confirming of the peace agreement of Daniel 9:27. That is the event that kicks it off and reveals the antichrist.
The percentage possibility of a tribulation start at the beginning of 5775 is zero if there is no peace agreement. If a peace agreement springs out of the woodwork the possibility shoots up to( I would imagine) 80%!
There are so many signs of the times all before us now, but we must not jump the gun. We must wait for the relevant signs.
The Bible indicates the general time-period in a number of verses. In the verse below we are told that it will be on the third day. This is talking of the general salvation of the Jews, which we know occurs in the tribulation period.
The Bible declares that a “day with the Lord is as a thousand years.” We can use that principle right here. Two thousand years have passed since the cross and we are now well into the “third day.”
Hosea 6:1-2 “Come let us return to the Lord; for He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has stricken us, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up.”
Many say that the Bible says, “no one knows the time of the Lord’s coming” That is rubbish. What it says is “no one knows the day and hour”, which is a very short, defined point in time. This is also brought out in the verse below.
Matthew 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour the Lord is coming.”
Luke 12:37 “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when He comes, will find watching,”
What should we watch for?
●We need to watch for the Russia / Ukraine situation to develop into a full blown war that would bring the main western nations in. This would then most probably become the war of Gog and Magog, which occurs just before the tribulation.
●We need to watch for the complete destruction of Syria. This would be the Isaiah 17 war, which also occurs just before the tribulation.
●Watch for Iran to move on with its nuclear aspirations and to make a fateful mistake relating to Israel.
●Watch for developments with other Arab nations surrounding Israel.
●Watch for the “king of the north” and the “king of the south” to become more clearly identified (Daniel 11)
●Watch for the developments within the European Union. It needs Eastern Europe to become a part.
●Watch for any developments relating to the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It may become part of the peace deal.
●We need to watch for a peace treaty of some sort to begin to come into play between Israel and the Palestinians backed by the major world nations
These are the big-ticket items. All the other things like earthquakes etc are peripheral and more general.
At this point in time we still have a fair way to go before the stage is fully set for a tribulation start. Developments will have to escalate or we will have to wait!
1 Thessalonians 1:10...”He delivers us from the wrath to come.” The word “from” is the Greek word “ek” meaning “clean out away from.”
If there will be a post-tribulation rapture, what “wrath to come” is this? Generally speaking, the tribulation is referred to as the wrath of God. What comes about at the Second Coming is Millennium, not the wrath to come!
The rapture of the true Church will be the biggest nightmare ever for many so called believers and professing Christians as they realise that they will have to face the worst time the world has ever seen!
What is the opposite of tribulation? It is rapture! The opposite of great tribulation is great peace!
I’m not going to get into this now, because I’ve dealt with it many times, but there will be few people saved. Not all who profess to be Christians are.
Have a look at the two very familiar verses below.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “That Day (rapture) will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way and then the lawless be will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”
In the verses above, the rapture is closely linked with the revealing of the antichrist and the removal of the restrainer. They are inextricably linked.
Note that there must be a falling away before the antichrist is revealed. When is the antichrist revealed? The next verse tells us. He is revealed as the restrainer is taken out of the way. (The restrainer is the Holy Spirit in full, church-age manifestation).
Now let’s take this and juxtapose it into the post-tribulation rapture position. That would mean that at the end of the tribulation, the antichrist is revealed! Do you see the problem? It is impossible for the antichrist to be revealed at the end of the tribulation. He is a key figure throughout the tribulation and is revealed at the start of the tribulation.
You can’t leave out bits of scripture that don’t suit you. A post-tribulation rapture has to include the revealing of the lawless one and the restrainer being removed. It does not add up. It can’t happen that way. The rapture is at the start of the tribulation!
The good news:
The Church will be removed before the tribulation begins, but the church will most certainly see the “labour pains”.
Huge troubles cause people to come together. Unity created by troubles is not ideal, but nonetheless we will see much of the true Church (who are open to the things of God) come together in unity. We will also see a newfound unity between true believers and believing Jews.
Many backsliders and prodigals will come home!
Many will be shaken off the fence and come searching with open hearts.
Repent, turn and move on.
Joel 2:12-13 “Now, says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning.’ So rend your hearts and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”
Romans 11:15 “For if their (Israel) being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead.”
The big thing with Israel’s repentance is that it will be very public. Everyone will see it and take note. It will influence and affect untold masses of Gentiles. (Isaiah 11:12)
Israel’s repentance is vitally important for the world. It’s the sign that the kingdom of God is at hand.
The repentance of Israel signals the destruction of an unrepentant world.
It’s the biggest sign of all that God’s word is true and Bible prophecy is and will be fulfilled. Judgement implies a judge. You can reject judgement and the judge just like the people in Noah’s day, or you can repent.
Israel will repent. It’s starting now, but the majority will find Messiah in the tribulation period. You do not need tribulation to bring you to salvation! You are privileged to be given the chance to repent and come into God’s kingdom NOW!
Jeremiah31:21 “Set up signposts, make landmarks; Set your heart towards the highway...turn back O virgin of Israel, turn back to these your cities.”
What you must do:
●You must have a big God in your life. You can repent all you like and desire to be free from the bondages of sin, but if your God remains small and you remain big – you will always fall. Your God must be big. How do we have a big God and small me? You have to desire to know Him. You must pay the price to know Him deeply. As you grow in the knowledge of Him so His power grows in you. “I am determined to know nothing but Messiah and Him crucified”. As I decrease, He increases.
●Repentance is one thing. It is good. It is turning around and facing a new direction. But you must still walk in the new direction.
Genesis 6:3 “God will not strive with man forever.”
The great, great, great, great tribulation will begin for all the unsaved on the day they die and it won’t last for seven years!
You can’t make the world respectable. You can be its friend and it will kill you because it is full of sin, Satan and death – mostly disguised!
Genesis 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
2 Kings 2:11 “Then it happened, as they continued and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
I took this picture early in the morning in the Drakensberg Mountains. This is the appropriately named “Dragons Back.” It symbolises the coming of the real dragon!
2 Samuel 23:4 “He shall be like the dawn of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after the rain.”
Shalom and grow in grace!