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- Iran / US / Israel tensions rise as Iran says it will strike Israel if attacked by the US as more military hardware pours into the region. Today (15 May) Iran offically begins unlimited production of enriched uranium.
- Anti-Semitic rhetoric continues to rise in US Democratic Party, without any of them calling for a cessation or change, meaning their silence is agreement.
- Today (14th May) is the actual anniversary of Israel’s independence.
People seek affirmation and acceptance. They seek approval and assurance, looking for validation and value. But they seek it in the world and in their own selves (flesh or sin nature) and there they encounter the father of lies, telling them that they’re okay. It is the world and self that must die on the cross! So why go to those sentenced to death for their sin, for approval? (Galatians 2:20, 6:14)
People must decide on the inherent goodness of man or the inherent wickedness of the heart of man. If the latter, a saviour is needed. (Jeremiah 17:9)
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.
17th May 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
A most dramatic prophecy:
I really do expect many big prophetic things to break onto the world stage within days, weeks and perhaps a few months. Now is the time to be ready and stay spiritually tuned in!
Tread carefully when the warning trumpets are warming up and the warning bells are ringing. Today, I want to put before you a dramatic prophetic warning about to break onto the world scene. With so many ducks in row – wake-up time!
Today there is an explosion of interest in end-time things and the spirit of error is there to provide the deceived with more deception, and Spirit of truth is there to lead the genuinely humble into all truth.
If all these events which are happening were not recorded in the Bible, and someone recorded them now, they would look exactly like Bible prophecy! But the unsaved world simply does not have spiritual eyes and ears to see any of it, or know it. They are wandering blindly in confusion.
Have a careful look now at the following few verses, they are dramatic to say the least!
Isaiah 44:28, 45:1-3 “(The Lord) says to Cyrus, he is My shepherd, and shall perform all My pleasure, even saying to Jerusalem, you shall be built, and to the temple, ‘your foundation shall be laid.’ Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus whose right hand I have held – to subdue nations before him and loose the armour of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not shut...I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places...”
These few verses above, speak prophetically of: ●The status of Jerusalem. ●The beginning of the building of the third temple. ●Subduing nations, weakening or causing their submission. ●Conflict with surrounding nations, ●Keys to double-door access to Jerusalem. And ●Oil!
But there is more: “Double doors” represent strongly secured doors or access. The context here is Jerusalem. Revelation 3:7 speaks of the faithful church being given the “key of David” which opens and no one shuts.”
This “key of David” is a reference to Isaiah 22:20-22 where Eliakim becomes a political leader, with God’s favour on him. He is given the “key of David” to open to the “inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
The name “Eliakim” means “God will raise him up.”
Cyrus was a godless leader, but God used him for His purposes. Here we see both Cyrus and Eliakim being examples in type of President Trump.
Remember last time I said that the decree of Cyrus to rebuild the temple happened as the seventy-year Babylonian captivity ended. In terms of our analogy in type, that is now!
Deuteronomy 33:24 “Asher is most blessed of sons; let him be favoured by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil.”
The land of the Hebrew tribe of Asher is foot-shaped, right in the north of Israel bordering the coastline, which is exactly where the huge, recently discovered “Leviathan” oil and gas fields are, which are already in operation. (“Asher” means: Blessed.)
There was also a recent large oil discovery in the Negev Desert. Israel is already supplying oil and gas to Europe and other neighbours. Iran and Russia do not like this one little bit.
Some 30% (18.5 million b/d) of the world’s oil passes through The Straits of Hormuz, a chokepoint in the Persian Gulf, controlled by Iran, on its way to the west.
This single spot has the potential to cripple the world’s economy if its life-blood, oil, is stopped. Iran knows this and has threatened to close the Straits before. But now so many other things are all lining up and cornering Iran like a rabid dog.
Bear in mind that Iran has just repeated its threat to attack Israel if the US attacks it. That’s like going to your next door neighbour on the right and punching him out because your neighbour on the left got on your nerves!
Actually, it’s all about dancing, deceiving, demons and devils in Iran’s head.
It is the modern Cyrus who will get all these things going. And yes, there is enough biblical evidence to identify President Trump as that man.
Israeli leader Netanyahu has compared King Cyrus to President Trump. Numerous Bible prophecy buffs have done the same. This is all analogy, type and shadow in operation, which I agree with here.
There is a rule in applying type to a biblical situation. Never take the analogy too far. It may be only certain aspects of the biblical source that apply in type.
Most importantly it is must have the leading and revealing of the Spirit of God behind it.
Bear in mind that those outside of the leading of the Spirit, or who have their own agendas, generally see nothing in the types and often resist them.
So, let’s see what we have:
We have President Trump’s backing, and securing of Jerusalem as belonging to Israel. This applies to Golan too. We will soon have the laying of the foundation of the temple. That is still to come. We have the subduing of nations through agreement like with Saudi Arabia and war coming with others like Iran. And we have the oil issue. We have the key to Jerusalem’s double doors being kept open.
This current prophetic scenario includes: ●Iran resumption of its nuclear weapons program, which is underway again. ●Iran’s repeated hatred for Israel, and threats against her. ●Iran’s crashing economy and currency, ●Iran’s attack on four ships (so far) in the Persian Gulf and its threat to use the closure of the Straits of Hormuz as a weapon against the world economy. ●A new 10-nation military confederacy in Europe has just been put together by Macron of France. ●Syria continues to sizzle ahead of its total destruction.
The law of war is not enshrined in the courts of the UN, the World Court, the EU, the UK, the US or Israel or any other nation. It is enshrined in the word of God. “The Lord of hosts” is used hundreds of times in the Bible. “Hosts” is the word for armies – the armies of our Lord.
The purpose for prophesied war and all these end-time upheavals is to bring in true world peace, righteousness and glory!!
Beware - many of these things will be coming with sudden shock.
Edition 215. July 9nd 2014
Post tribulation rapture problems: Part two:
Post tribulation rapture problems: Part two:
In this edition I want to look at further post- tribulation rapture arguments and show just how they fail. Some of the arguments they present are compelling and some extremely short-sighted and not even worthy of comment.
If you combine this edition with 210, which is part one, the evidence in favour of a pre-tribulation rapture becomes overwhelming.
Enoch and the rapture:
Enoch is by far the best type of the pre-tribulation rapture. He was raptured alive in a flash into heaven, before God’s flood of judgment upon the earth in Noah’s time. I don’t believe that God does things like this without a significant purpose or message.
Genesis 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not for God took him.”
Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
The word ‘Enoch” means ‘dedicated.’
Now, let’s look a little deeper into Enoch.
Jude1:14 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men, also, saying, ‘Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment...”
In this verse Enoch sees the Second Coming judgement on the ungodly, the depraved, and the doomed. But note that our Lord is seen returning with many “saints”. The original word used here is never used for angels. It is only used for true believers and this is consistent!
“Saints,” used here is the Greek word ‘Hagios’ (Strongs G40 = Holy one), one separated from sin and dedicated to God.
There is no doubt that this word refers to true believers and not angels as is claimed by some post- tribbers.
Note that it is Enoch, the dedicated one, who himself was raptured before judgement on the world, who now teaches that the dedicated separated ones (saints) return with our Lord at the Second Coming! That, of course can only occur if these saints are in heaven to start with!
This verse alone is a powerful supporter of the pre-tribulation rapture.
Post-trib rapture rubbish:
●One of the arguments presented by the post tribbers is that the promise of land to Israel was fulfilled in 1350BC by Joshua and Solomon. The presumption is that none of the Biblical land promises are relevant today and Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews are simply the same as any other nation.
Obviously this is one of the roots of replacement theology, but more than that, it denies dozens of prophetic scriptures. They use this argument to claim that God will not rapture the Church as a separate entity from the Jews at large. They claim that the church is spiritual Israel. They like to claim the blessing of God but ignore the associated curses.
The church is not spiritual Israel and never has been. Israel is never used in scripture as the church. Israel is used in a restricted sense. In other words only those Jews who have faith in Messiah are part of the Church and not other way around. See Romans 9:6, Galatians 6:16.
●Another common post-trib view is that Christians are God’s true Jews and there is therefore no specific separate dealing with the Jews.
For this to be possible, allegorical interpretation of scripture must be applied and hundreds of verses just explained away.
●Many people surprisingly point to rapture prediction failures as a reason to claim that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture.
Yes there have been many predictive failures, but that does no harm to the command of God in numerous passages to watch, pray, and be ready. In fact the Bible says that as we approach the time, His watchmen will “see eye to eye” (Isaiah 52:8).Today there are more and more watchmen appearing on the scene and in agreement on a pre-tribulation rapture.
The above post-trib points require the dangerous allegorical method of interpretation to get rid of Israel and replace her with the church. These individuals become God’s editor!
Perhaps the biggest problem with the above points is that all fly in the face of exactly what is happening before our eyes now in reality. They would say that it’s just coincidence.
Matthew 19:28 “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Tribulation saints go into the Millennium with resorted longevity, but still with natural bodies. If we are to have a post- tribulation rapture, this means all believers will be in the same boat. But what do you do with all the verses of true believers receiving glorified, supernatural bodies?
Scripture requires people with supernatural, resurrected bodies and people in natural bodies in the Millennium.
Post tribbers have no explanation for the giant U-turn!
The image above explains the two views succinctly.
There are far too many verses of scripture that simply don’t fit the big U-turn belief, besides the fact of its pointlessness.
Daniel chapter nine explains the all-important seventy- weeks prophecy.
It is speaking of weeks of years, not days. I’m not going to get into all the calculations here; suffice to say that the Bible divides the time into sixty nine weeks of years and the final seven weeks of years. The first sixty nine weeks of years deal specifically with the Jews and Israel. The last seven weeks of years are clearly the tribulation period.
Although there is a separation between the sixty nine and the seventieth, they are the same in character. In other words, both deal exclusively with the Jews. The Church is not in the sixty nine weeks of years, nor will it be in the seventieth.
That’s an odd heading isn’t it?
The rapture of the Church as described in 1 Corinthians 15:51 takes place in a “moment in a twinkling of an eye” The original Greek word used for “moment” is “atomo” which is the shortest or quickest instant in time. It is an “atomic” moment. It occurs so fast no one sees it.
Believers are snatched up to meet the Lord in the air in an atomic moment. He descends into the clouds for this event, but does not return to the earth.
Now, at the Second Coming the picture is completely different!
Our Lord descends in the same manner as He departed, which is slowly, through the clouds with all eyes upon Him. He returns to and puts His feet on the Mount of Olives, from whence He left.
There is an irreconcilable difference in the description of these two events. They can’t be and are not the same event. They are distinctly separate by the speed of the events, the place of the events and the people concerned.
The first is for the Church, the second is with the Church.
The great realisation:
A pre-tribulation rapture will produce a great shock on all those left behind. They will have to come up with some explanation. The devil may provide this in the form of a UFO invasion which has taken born-again believers or something like that.
The immediate disappearance of true believers will cause a sudden searching of hearts by all left behind. But it will also turn many against God. Later in the tribulation we see the full manifestation of this as people, knowing that God is causing the judgements, curse and blaspheme God:
Revelation 16:21 “...They blasphemed God because of the plague...”
►The rapture will be a big shock for many. It will bring them to the instant realisation that God judges and they have been found wanting! The rapture itself will be one of the big causes of mass repentance upon this world.
There is no rapture at the end of the tribulation!
The Bible does not describe a rapture at the end of the tribulation anywhere. There is no such verse. There are verses showing the “rapture” of the wicked into hell, but nothing that can be described as an atomic snatching to meet the Lord in the air.
The only way the post-tribbers can “meet the Lord” is by taking pre-tribulation verses and making them fit at the end of the tribulation... and they simply don’t fit!
Post- tribbers have to use an illogical argument. They must believe that our Lord descends from heaven, then somewhere around cloud height the rapture must take place. They must then take part in a marriage feast in heaven, be rewarded and have a good time in heaven. This must all take place in the time- period between our Lord’s descent to earth, and His feat touching the Mount of Olives. (See the giant U-turn diagram above.)
Why does the Bible differentiate between the two comings with our Lord’s feet? Why does the Bible say our Lord’s feet actually touch the Mount of Olives at the Second Coming? It’s to make a clear difference between the two comings. At the rapture our Lord’s feet do not come into the picture. He descends as far as the clouds to receive us into heaven.
A short-sighted injustice:
After the messages to the seven churches in the opening three chapters of the book of Revelation there is no further account of the Church on the earth. Chapter four onwards describes the tribulation period. We do see many people being “saved” in the tribulation, but these are not part of the Church. These are what we call tribulation saints.
From chapter four onwards we see saved Jews performing the work of evangelism. We see a distinctly Jewish flavour of the time. There are no apostles, evangelists, pastors etc. There are 144000 saved Jews, and two Jewish witnesses all doing the work of the ministry. Where is the Church?
The absence of the Church and presence of the Jews doing the work of the Church in the tribulation verses is of profound importance. Don’t let people fool you into believing otherwise. (I have never read or heard a reasonable explanation for this from the post- tribbers – ever!)
A fact just as important is the presence of the Church in heaven during this time, being rewarded and participating in the “marriage feast.”
Some post -tribbers explain the absence of the Church in the Revelation from chapter four onwards this way: They say that Revelation is not in chronological order, so you can’t refer to believers in heaven, because that could fit in anywhere in time, because there is no chronological order.
Sorry, that’s not true. It most certainly is in chronological order from day one to the end, 2520 days later. The Revelation begins with the tribulation, runs through all the judgements to the mid- tribulation point, and ends with the climactic events of the Second Coming.
Obviously there are some things that are allegorical and apply to any time- period, but you can’t apply allegory to whatever suits you!
The big shock
The rapture will not be for all professing Christians. It will only be those truly born of the Spirit of God and those who are truly His. (eg. Matthew 7:21-23.)The rapture will show who is who in the zoo! It will separate between so-called believers who have no experience of an indwelling Lord. It will separate between the human good and the Godly good!
The rapture will not be for all those who believe in God. It will be for those who are born- again by the Spirit of God and those who believe in Yeshua as the one and only God. It will only be for those who have been saved by the shed blood of Yeshua and the work of the cross of Calvary.
It will not be for those who believe in many ways to God. It will not be for those who believe that other gods have a valid road to heaven.
The rapture will not be for vampire blood-drinkers or cannibals. It is the Catholic church that believes in transubstantiation, which is the wine becoming the actual blood of Yeshua when they drink it at communion. They believe that the bread becomes the actual body of Messiah when they eat it (or Him)!
The Catholics do not teach a pre-tribulation rapture. They believe in the witch-tale of purgatory as a purifying force.
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."
1Thessalonians 5:4 "You brethren are not in darkness that the Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light."
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those that love Him”
I took this picture early in the morning on foot in my favourite place, the world’s biggest inland river delta, the Okavango in Botswana. I’ve been fortunate to travel and work (photo/journalism) there hundreds of times. I’ve also led and been involved with numerous mission trips to the surrounding villages as well as to the secretive, nomadic, Xuun (Kung) river Bushmen, who dwell on some of the large islands. (The 15,000sqkm Okavango has just become a world heritage site.) If you want to see some more images of this amazing place, click Here.
Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out like a thick cloud, your transgressions and like a mist, your sins. Return to Me for I have redeemed you.”
Shalom and grow in grace!