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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 396: December 19th 2017.
Biblical beauty corresponds to holiness and glory!
Girls and guys – your beauty is fading! Or is it?
As we head into an increasingly ugly world full of pride, hate and war, it’s extremely important to know and understand the other side of the picture.
Beauty: Strong’s H1927 – “Hadarah”. Meanings: Beauty, holiness, adornment of glory.
“Adornment of glory!” What a wonderful term. It means glory itself is wearing beauty like a robe!
Glory: Strong’s H3519 – “Kabowd.” Meanings: Weight, heaviness, honour, dignity, splendour.
Do you know that glory is “heavy” and “weighty?” The Bible talks of a “weight of glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:17) Part of its weight comes from its wonderful adornment of pure beauty!
Biblical beauty can also be described as: Graceful, exquisite, spotless, clean, immaculate, flawless, alluring, desirable and charming.
The great transition or the great tribulation!
Thank the Lord for evolution! Okay, before you start sending me emails – read on! We are evolving from the corruptible, to incorruptible – pure beauty! The final transition will be in a spectacular flash – a twinkling of an eye!
So ladies and gentlemen, when you look in the mirror and spot a new spot, wrinkle or more grey hair, bear in mind that a transition is actually taking place right now, on the other side of that dumb mirror.
Once we’re in eternity do you know how many wrinkles, spots, warts and old-age signs you will have? None is the right answer! Don’t make a doctrine out of this, but it is widely held that we will have bodies that will be around 30 yrs old or so in appearance. They will be perfect, have some recognisable characteristics and features of our present form, and be forever beautiful.
Do you know that you are going to be forever beautiful and you won’t need makeup? Do you know that you’ll never get old, cranky, crabby, cantankerous, grumpy, grouchy, ratty, tatty and rubbishy ever again?
Even now the transition is taking place behind the scenes, a progression to glory is being written up in your eternal book, and it’s just like the metamorphosis of a worm to a spectacular eternal butterfly.
Spare a prayer and a thought for all those who will miss the glorious transition called the rapture and go straight into the tribulation, warts and all, to meet the devil. They will change too – for the worse and then end in hell at the end of it all, for their reward!
What a worm you are!
“Tola” was the name of one of the judges of Israel. The name means “Crimson worm.”
This worm, the Tola, is extremely rare and unique. It attaches itself to a dead tree and then becomes a hardened shell. The young are hatched under this shell of protection. It “dies” three days later, oozing crimson blood, which suddenly turns pure white and it falls to the ground.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Psalm 22:6 “I (Lord) am a worm and no man...”
The original word used in the verse above is not the normal word for “worm,” it is this word “tola!”
Do you see the profound, prophetic significance of that one verse above?
What a worm – indeed!
A kingdom pearl:
One of the beautiful “kingdom” parables is found in Matthew 13:45-46. It reveals the story known as the “Pearl of great price”! It’s about a person who finds a pearl of great value, then sells everything he has so he can buy the pearl.
The story is about the sight and recognition of true eternal value. Salvation is free, but it will cost you nothing or everything afterwards. The one who pays no price, gets nothing in terms of eternal reward. The one who pays all that he has will get great eternal, beautiful value!
Do you see the great value in all that is of the kingdom of God? Do you see how valuable you really are? Do you see your enormous potential that will be eternal? Beloved brethren, it is so, so worth paying the price to advance in the things of God!
John the Apostle had a very close brotherly love relationship with our Lord, but when he was on Patmos and confronted by the risen Messiah, he “fell at His feet as dead”. (Revelation 1:17) I absolutely love that. It speaks of seeing beautiful glory with new kingdom eyes!
The last the world saw of Messiah was a dead man on the cross. To believers He appeared, resurrected many times, but to them alone, not to any unbelievers.
The powerful message in that is that it takes sight and belief of the resurrection to be saved and then to move into deeper things.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
We must have a vision of the true risen Lord of glory, and God, holy, eternal, almighty, and the judge of all.
Stop and think for a minute. Everyone is going somewhere all the time. You are advancing in the things of God with corresponding reward coming, or you are advancing in the world with corresponding loss of reward coming.
What is the absolute pinnacle of your life, your greatest achievement in your world? Well, it’s like dung compared to the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah. (Philippians 3:8) What is the greatest dream you have?
If it’s not with God leading you it will be as valuable as cow dung.
The incredible importance of the word of God in your life:
The word of God discerns and analyses even your thoughts and intentions. What the Bible will do in you is dependent on how you receive it and how important you make it.
Matthew 22:31-32 “Have you not read what was spoken to you by God...”
The real big thing for me personally, apart from Bible prophecy is the doctrines of stability and endurance. These things only come by long, dedicated, Spirit inspired study of God’s word.
God’s word is an infinite, inexhaustible resource for your soul and spirit. It is an indispensable, all important resource. That’s why so many have cast it aside – Satan hates the Christian’s victory.
When you separate God from His word, what you have is God and your word and no power or authority.
Be very careful of any teacher that questions the authority and veracity of God’s word – especially the well established major doctrines. What will happen is they will end up rejecting part of God’s word and creating a new man-made-doctrine that is distorted.
The great authority killer in a teacher is seen when he falls into deception.
What is the major sign of the authority of God in a teacher / leader? It is the fear of the Lord. Does he inspire in you and create a holy fear of God?
The opposite of the fear of the Lord is pride and presumption. It assumes a trust in self!
Sometimes when you listen to a preacher or teachers you feel quite safe. Sometimes though, you feel a disquiet, and uneasiness and feel the need to be on your guard – and rightly so.
Let me tell you also, that sometimes the safe teacher goes off track and then further off track and becomes an unsafe teacher. And of course the opposite happens sometime too.
Continuing error is a discredit to God, a sign of pride and a lack of repentance.
Some ministries are what we would call “deceivers of the brethren.” They never get tired of proclaiming lie after lie.
Many churches today are irrelevant. They teach their favourite, “safe” doctrines over and over and avoid the “hard sayings” and verses dealing with the “severity of God.” They have doomed their flock to be carbon copies of their own half-baked, blind selves. Paul said, “I have not shunned to preach to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27)
2 Corinthians 5:11 “...Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men.”
Our reward state will be eternal. It will be in a sin-free, Satan-free environment forever. It can only be described as pure beauty.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “We all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Next time you look in a mirror, bear in mind that you are seeing the beautiful “glory of the Lord!”
But there are two sides to the story of eternal reward. One is not very nice!
A Christian life lived out in worldliness and the pursuit of all the world has to offer, will result in loss of eternal reward in the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 3:15) On top of that, those who pursue the world automatically come under its domain and influence in many areas.
Living for the world creates stress, burn-out and gives you temporary highs like a roller-coaster. But it enslaves you and blinds you to your calling and the things of God.
It makes you an enemy of God in many respects. It gives you the reward of the world – empty and hollow. The world will give you its love only to trap you, and then when it has you in its grip, it will hate you. It shows you Satan’s true colours.
Thankfully, many times when you see the world and the spirit of it, you get tired of it and want out. If you don’t see the world for what it is, you must then embrace it and make it your home, because that’s all you have. You have to make it better, but at end of the day it will kill you!
Do you think you’ve done well in your walk through the world? If it has been without the leading of the Lord, I have a nasty surprise for you:
Luke 19:26 “To everyone who has, it will be taken away...”
The word “heart” in Hebrew consists of two letters: Lamed ל and Beyt ב. “Lamed “means, “to have authority”, while “Beyt” means “house or tent”. So the picture meaning of “heart” is the one with the voice of authority in his own home or being.
When that “voice of authority” in your own life is actually the voice of the Spirit of God – you are on the right track!
The heart has a voice of authority deep inside. When we love the Lord with all our heart, something changes and leads us. Before salvation, the Bible says in Genesis 6:5-6 “...Every imagination of the heart of man was only evil continually.”
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Matthew 12:34 “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Proverbs 27:19 “As in water, so his face is revealed, so, a man’s heart reveals the man.”
What consumes most of your time and your thinking? That’s who you are!
We are not saved by works, but we will have our work assessed and evaluated for reward or loss of reward.
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your beauty be that of the outward adorning of hair, wearing of gold or fine clothing; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
What did you do with your life? What is your life? Where is your heart? When it’s over, what is your epitaph? What is of true importance is; what does God think of your life, and what has He written with His great pen in your book of life?
Philippians 3:20-21 (Amp)“We are citizens of the state and homeland which is in heaven, and from it we earnestly and patiently await the coming of Messiah as Saviour, who will transform and fashion anew, the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His majesty and glory...”
2 Corinthians 5:1-2 “We know that if our earthly house (body) is destroyed, we have a building from God, not made with (human) hands, eternal in the heavens. We groan now, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.”
The world’s failure:
There are three things the world can’t do: ●It can’t get rid of sin. ●It can’t create righteousness (right standing with God) ●It can’t create a resurrection to a new world.
So the world must deny and rename and neutralise sin. It must say that being a good world-citizen is its “righteousness.” It must create a new world order in which sin is irrelevant, because it doesn’t exist in their eyes.
The world can’t create a true resurrection so it must say that resurrection is arising to a new-world thinking! Their “resurrection” is in seeing their world of globalised values through their eyes!
A new proud world is its greatest work!
The way to be “perfect” in Satan’s world is to be one with its sinful world of sin.
God speaks to us as believers and says:
1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Exclusively through the new-birth, we have been made “holy” and “perfect” in our spirit. We then work that which is on the inside through to the outside.
The world can never do that because it does not have those things in their hearts to begin with.
The beautiful glory to come:
Proverbs 4:18 (Amp) “The path of the uncompromisingly just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more – brighter and clearer, until it reaches its full strength and glory in the perfect day.”
Psalm 96:9 “O, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth.”
Psalm 16:11 “...At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He made everything beautiful in its time. He has put eternity in their hearts...”
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “We do not lose heart, even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (beauty)”
We are being weaned from the temporal to the eternal; from being corruptible to pure incorruptible, eternal, immortal, glory, which will never fade or wither. The beautiful kingdom of God is here already in our hearts by the new-birth and it is still to come in fullness. We are being weaned from this temporary seen world, to a new world, unseen as yet – more real and far more glorious and perfect than we could imagine!
We grow in spiritual stature, authority and value as we look to this new world which we cannot see. But we do see with our spiritual eyes.
We can and must be partakers of its holy fruits now.
The ugly kingdom:
Ezekiel 28:17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendour; I cast you to the ground...”
The above verse speaks of the fall of Lucifer. He had a heart of pride because of beauty!
The following words from the Bible describe some of the characteristics of the kingdom of this world, which will follow through into eternal hell: Ugly, beastly, monstrous, frightful, unholy, un-lovely, depressing, ghastly, horrendous, horrible, repulsive, worthless, and wretched.
Setting your eyes on this world for fulfilment is your biggest mistake ever!
Beautiful people, princes, paupers and VIP’s
We all have a desire to succeed. If you set your heart, mind and soul to succeed in the things of God, led by His Spirit, you are doing very well.
1 John 2:17 “The world is passing away and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
The Prophetic Scroll has been a great success. I would like to offer honour where due. I have had great support in many ways from:
Joanne Smith (New York), Ed Gillan (Los Angeles), brothers Norman and Chris Abraham of Phantom Technologies (South Africa), Stan Fourie (South Africa).
I’ve had thousands of emails of thanks and support from all over the world and received more wonderful testimonies than you can imagine. It really is an inspiration to see so many doing so well in the Lord and many more new believers just starting out.
It has also been a real pleasure to see the expansion of The Prophetic Scroll into the eastern nations of the world.
It has been an honour and privilege from our Lord to be able to stand with and for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
As you would expect, I’ve also had some hate mail, and vicious attacks, but they’re not even worth mentioning.
Here are some amazing verses of encouragement:
Isaiah 62:11 “Say to the daughter of Zion, surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him.”
Colossians 3:24 “Know that you will receive the reward of the inheritance for your service to our Lord.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8 “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only, but to all who have loved His appearing.”
Hebrews 10:35 “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.”
Hebrews 11:6 “...He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
1 Peter 5:4 “When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
Revelation 2:10 “...Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me to give to everyone according to his work.”
I created the piece of paper and merged some sackcloth into it while it was drying. I photographed it and superimposed the background baobab tree and flower over it all.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!