|This website comprises the Abrahamic Expression of faith, which goes to the Jew and the Gentile, with a Messianic slant. I affirm the fullness of biblical truth, embracing the cross of Calvary. I reject Babylonian paganism in the church and the legalistic excesses of the Messianic Movement. This ministry has a distinct kingdom vision, identifying with God’s call and plan for the Jewish people. My position is pre-trib! Personally: I was saved in 1976 while working as a war correspondent, journalist, photographer, artist and environmentalist. My interest in Bible prophecy was instant. My calling came soon afterwards. It is to share this great drama, to stand watching and to glorify my God.|
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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 362: May 3rd 2017.
The Great Return:
The Great Return:
I will deal with the backslider in this edition, but also those with a desire to really move forward in a significant new, urgent manner in these days. The great return to our Lord of Israel, - the backslider, will also be in view. It’s timely, and urgent. I’m sure that almost every Christian knows someone who has or is backslidden.
Time is running out. The amount of breaths you have left in you are numbered! The amount of time we all have is limited and determined either by the events of life, the rapture or the tribulation period and its climactic conclusion.
Living for self now or God and eternity:
Why is living for self such a futile existence? Why is it never truly fulfilling? It’s because at the end of the me-now, self-life sits Satan and he can never be appeased, fulfilled or satisfied with you. He gives to you only to entrap you!
You may experience some happiness with self on the throne of your life, but you will never experience true inner joy!
By the way, “happiness” comes from the root word “hap” which is related to chance. It is vastly different to the much deeper word – joy.
If you live for self you will cry with regret the day you stand before our Lord and He opens the curtains revealing the depths of your life and what He had planned for you, – and you ignored Him.
The greatest tragedy today is spiritual complacency. It seems nobody cares. Truth or error, right or wrong – who cares!
When you remove the gospel from your own life, or from society for that matter, you are removing the ability for tears to form in your eyes!
You remove the spiritual force that keeps your heart soft before our Lord and people. You then become a non-emotional freak - A sort of psychopath.
People are very special. The reason is because they were created by our very special God and have been given the potential to become everything they were meant to be in our Lord and for His kingdom.
Hebrews 12:1 “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us and run the race the race before us with endurance.”
The backslider’s reasons:
Proverbs 14:14 “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
Many people are totally backslidden in heart although outwardly they may appear just like a normal Christian. They don’t know their sorry state because they have no point of reference or comparison. This can only be found in knowing your Bible well and thoroughly under the inspiration of the Spirit.
There are so many reasons that people present for departing from the faith. Most of them are that their expectations were not met. Many are about to have their ideas changed!
The Bible declares that God will shake everything that can be shaken. That’s not for His amusement. The major cause for the coming great shaking, is to shake people into the truth and shake the world out of its sin, and ultimately to destroy all its sin.
Many of you reading this may know of friends or family who have backslidden. Please tell them that their backsliding days are over!
It’s time for the backslider to slide back! My friends, our Lord is a God of a second chance. He is holding out His hand to you now.
It’s time to seek the Lord. Unbeliever, this is for you too. Your time has come to seek the Lord.
Backslider and unbeliever; please know this. God’s mercy and grace is reaching out to you, but don’t trivialise it. Don’t ignore it – it does have a limit!
The time is now:
Ephesians 5:15-17 “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
This means that we can actually buy-back the time the devil has stolen from us. Repentance is the great neutraliser of the works of the devil.
Today there are so many voices all crying for your attention. They want you to go their way. They want you to be like them. You need to learn to tell many voices to shut their traps! You need to learn which voices can speak to you. It is not many!
Many people are brilliantly stupid! They spend their lives reading and studying, bettering themselves so that they can be brilliant, but they leave God out. They are no different to the local village idiot.
Many people will never be free. They won’t forsake and reject the curse - generator in their lives. There are certain things in the world that are more or less harmless, but there are many things and people backed by powerful curses. These curses will transfer if you let them.
►You have no chance of stopping that transfer of spirits if you can’t see and identify them and know how to deal with them. Spiritual warfare and absolute forsaking and renouncing the source of curses and the cutting and severing of all ties are absolutely necessary.
I’m sure many of you have seen those you counsel and give help to, never see victory. Often times (not always) its powerful curses at work, which they can’t see.
●If interested or needed please read Edition 104: “Turning curses into blessings.” HERE
●If needed please read Edition 83: “Counselling believers in perilous times.” HERE
God’s way is hard when you won’t surrender. Then it is easy when you do. Man’s way is easy and cheap. When fully in it, God’s way seems impossible to even understand. To go man’s way, you need not forsake all your sin, garbage and the people who will bring you down.
Today, it’s very difficult for many to forsake the world and its ways. The world has opened their eyes to what is essentially an ongoing lie and blinded them to truth.
You must forsake the attachment to the world. The world must hate you at the end of the day! (Galatians 6:14, John 15:18-19)
To be “spat out” by the world is an honour and privilege. To be “spat out” by God is an eternal terror. (Revelation 3:16) To be hated by the world means you are God’s special, loved, best friend forever!
Ministers of the gospel, teachers, preachers, evangelists, and churches, need to prepare now, right now, for the great spiritual awakening of Jews, Gentiles and Christians seeking the truth.
Time is just about up!
Time is not the great healer! Truth is the great healer. Error has made many sick and shipwrecked spiritually. But truth forgives, shows mercy, delivers, strengthens, inspires and leads to the heart of God.
Be careful – don’t delay your coming back to our Lord! You may find the door closed.
The Seeking Christian:
Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently shall find Me.”
The seeking Christian will find our Lord. The seeking Jew will also. They will find each other and the Lord!
The true Christian does not need to seek the Lord for salvation, because he is saved. He needs to seek the Lord for the salvation of his soul, which is subsequent and apart from the initial salvation of the spirit experience at the new birth.
The Jews released from Egypt, had to go into the wilderness to get Egypt out of them, before they could enter the Promised Land. So it is with the prodigal backslider. In many respects they have been captivated by the world and its ways.
The Christian seeking a deeper walk with our Lord also needs to forsake much.
As you seek our Lord, you will find Him and one day you will find yourself sitting right next to Him.
Here are a few powerful verses for the diligent seeker:
Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companions of fools will be destroyed.”
Psalm 36:9 “With You Lord is a fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”
The Seeking Jew:
Please read through these verses below taking note of the following:
●Note: These verses don’t fit the church. They can only fit the Jews and Israel.
●Note: We see here the great drama of Israel elected, rejected and accepted, all encapsulated.
●Note: In these verses we see the prophetic story of the amazing, incredible, history-shattering great return of the Jews and their subsequent ministry to the Gentiles in the tribulation period. What wonderful drama is this!
●Note: God destroys the nations that came against Israel, when the Jews are being returned and restored. (Your days are almost up – Europe!)
Jeremiah 3:12-22 “Return, backsliding Israel, says the Lord, and I will not cause My anger to fall on you; for I am merciful says the Lord, and I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God...Return O backsliding Israel for I am married to you...Return O backsliding Israel and I will heal your backslidings.”
Jeremiah 33:6-8 “I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. I will cause the captives of Judah and Israel to return and I will rebuild those places as at first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me and I will pardon all their iniquities...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them.”
Acts 5:31 “Him God has exalted to His right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
Zechariah 8:23 “In those days, says the Lord of hosts, ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
Zephaniah 3:20 “At that time, I will bring you back and gather you; for I will give you fame and praise among all the people of the earth, when I return your captives before your eyes, says the Lord.”
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.”
Isaiah 35:1-5 “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped...”
Zephaniah 3:9 “Then I will restore to the people a pure language, (Hebrew restored) so that they may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”
Isaiah 49:19 “Your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will now be too small for the inhabitants.”
Isaiah 14:1 “The Lord will have mercy on Jacob and still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. Strangers (Gentiles) will be joined to them and they will cling to the house of Jacob.”
Ezekiel 11:16 “Although I have cast them (Israel) far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” (Maintain identity in the diaspora.)
Deuteronomy 30:7 “The Lord will put all these curses on your (Israel’s) enemies and on those who hate you and persecute you.”
Joel 3:4 “What have you to do with Me O Tyre and Sidon and all the coasts of Philistia (Gaza / Palestinians)? Will you retaliate against Me? If you do, swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head.”
Ezekiel 28:25-26 “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land...then I will execute judgement on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 11:17-19 “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. They will go there and take away all its detestable things and abominations. Then I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them and take away the stony heart and give them a heart of flesh.”
Can you hear the trumpet?
In these latter times, the Jews will seek the Lord. It will be a time of veil-lifting, of eye-opening, of temple-building, and revival. It will be a time of the destruction of many nations.
Jews – Can you hear the trumpets? Can you hear the people shouting and yelling? Can you see the walls of Jericho falling – again? My friends, it was those walls that stood in your way as you obeyed God on your way to the Promised Land.
Those barriers to your salvation are again crumbling. Just like in Jericho of old, your armies went in after the trumpet blasts and the walls fell. The king of Jericho tried to prevent you from obeying the Lord. He was destroyed. Today the god of this world – Satan is trying the same thing!
Now, many stand in your way again. God will again use your armies as His “battle axe” to destroy those who get in your way!
But hold on a minute, my Jewish friends. Note that the Gentile woman Rahab, who had helped your people earlier, was removed from Jericho before the city was destroyed and taken to a place “outside the camp of Israel” later to be united with Israel. (Joshua 6)
That speaks of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. It speaks of the great escape from the wars and drama of the coming time of Jacob’s trouble.
Yes, my Jewish friends, you can be saved now rather than later in the tribulation. Guess which one is better? Many of you are already seeing through the torn veil! Don’t wait!
As we have seen, all end-time prophecies assume Israel is in the land with Jerusalem as its centre, and with the veil lifting, and the Jews coming to salvation in droves.
►This really is a true Holocaust for the devil and his world!
Jews, you have a new Red Sea crossing coming up, from Egypt (the world) to glorious salvation.
The great return of the Jews to their Messiah is the very thing that inspires and expedites the salvation of the Gentiles in the tribulation period.
It was always the duty of the church to make the Jews jealous and to take the Gospel to them first. Now here we see the great reversal. In the tribulation period, it is now the Jews who make the Gentiles jealous for salvation!
The salvation of the Jews is starting to gather momentum now. It is one of the great and glorious signs we are to look for and take note of relating to the soon-coming dispensation change and rapture.
Your great prayer:
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
When your thought life is established in God and His word – your victory has arrived.
If you are a returning backslider, or one seeking a new deeper life in Messiah, these are some things you may consider. Let the Lord show you your tailor-made plan.
●Repent in all sincerity and cast off all complacency and the reasons you had for turning away.
Repent, big time. “Welcome home My dear friend” – says the Lord!
●Write the vision. (Habakkuk 2:2) It’s good to have a point of identification to which you can look back and say – “That was the day I got my act together with my Lord.” Write out a list of things that you will do according to His leading.
By way of testimony, I have a list on old yellowed, faded paper in the back of my Bible, which I still look at from time to time. I wrote the list in 1980.
That is my denial of self list, in which I wrote down many things I would absolutely forsake and get out of my life. I have never backslidden, praise our Lord, but I did this anyway back then, as a dedication to My Lord.
Some items on my list were achieved immediately and some took a bit of time, involving some battles. Today, everything on my list is done, achieved and a reality in my life, for which I am most thankful.
Pray with determination over your plan and your list. Pray with expectation. Pray with fervent prayer. Pray with desperation and passion. Pray regularly, many times a day. Pray in your normal every-day language without putting your hands together!
●Pray God’s word back to Him. Write out or mark a number of verses relevant to your situation and confess them aloud. Proclaim them and speak them, believe them in expectation.
●Make it your plan to diligently “study God’s word to show yourself approved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
You are known by what you do and say. You are also really known by what and who you let into your life and on what conditions.
Make sure it is the things and people that facilitate your growth in Messiah and do not obstruct it.
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
Make your breaths count with God. They are actually not yours in the first place! (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19)
I took the orchid picture and added some texture effects, then superimposed the butterfly with similar effects. - Don’t remain a worm!
Shalom and grow in His Grace!