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- New natural gas and oil field discovered by Energean Oil and Gas off Israeli coast. It contains 2.4 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas and 34 million barrels of oil Israel says this will lead to total energy independence and make it a significant exporter.
- Iran says it is now moving forward with forbidden “Extra advanced” uranium centrifuges.
- RJC of Israel sees US Democrats as “completely turning their backs on Israel.” British Labour party are in the same boat!
- Third Israeli election on the cards. New poll shows 46% in favour of Netanyahu and 43% in favour of Gantz (8th November)
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Exodus 19:5-6 “If you (Israel) will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Israel) in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord God.”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their hearts so they cannot understand.”
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.
8th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The tree-huggers delight:
The Bible uses plants, trees, colours, animals, birds, numbers and more to describe people and nations. It is the subliminal symbols that are of great significance and meaning, especially in relation to Israel.
Did you realise that the entire course of Israel’s history is plotted in the trees? There is much more to these symbols and metaphors - for another time.
Here are some amazing messages blowing in the wind, relating to Israel.
►The Olive tree: (Romans 11)
These trees have very deep, well established roots. They are sometimes called eternal trees, because they are so hardy; they live for many thousands of years. An ancient olive tree appears to die, but then miraculously, new shoots appear out of the dead wood continuing its existence.
The olive tree produces a rich olive oil which has numerous uses, but is also a type of the Holy Spirit. Olive oil is required to keep the temple menorah flames burning. This symbolises light. Olive tree leaves are symbols of peace. Remember the dove bringing back an olive branch to the ark after the flood of judgement.
The root of the olive tree is symbolic of God Himself. The root is called, “holy.”
Biblically, there are two olive trees of importance. The natural olive tree, is symbolic of Israel, and the wild olive tree, is symbolic of the church. The wild olive branch was “grafted” into the natural olive tree, thus partaking of the goodness of the root.
The national emblem of Israel includes two olive branches.
An ancient olive tree grove:
►The Fig tree:
The fig tree is symbolic of spiritual fruitfulness after severe pruning or judgement. It relates to Israel in the tribulation period, awakening to spiritual life.
The fig tree is unique in that its blossoms appear before the leaves. It should have fruit appearing before the leaves. This is why our Lord cursed the unfruitful fig tree, causing it to die. The root was not destroyed though, and a new tree full of fruit, is about to appear.
When the disciples asked out Lord what would be the sign of His coming, He listed a number of judgements to fall on the world. But one of these was the sign of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32-34 “learn the parable of the fig tree: When is branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So also you when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the very doors. Assuredly, I say to you, ‘this generation (of Jews) will be no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.’”
Present day Zionism and the awakening of the Jews, as well as modern anti-Semitism are signs of the fig tree putting forth leaves and about to produce much spiritual fruit.
►The Almond tree:
The almond is the first tree to flower in its season, which at the end of winter. The flower has five petals to it, five being the number of grace. The temple menorah, a symbol of light, has oil cups or containers in the shape of almond flowers.
The Hebrew word for “almond” is “shakeid” which also means to “awake” and “watch”.
The almond is symbolic of Messiah’s resurrection. It speaks of the supernatural power of God as seen in Aaron’s almond branch that budded in one day. (Numbers 17:8)
Jeremiah 1:11-14 “The word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ I said, ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said, ‘you have seen well for I am about to perform My word.’ And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘what do you see? And I said, a boiling pot and it is facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’”
The message here is that as the almond (Israel) flowers and buds she will be plunged into the tribulation period.
Jeremiah 31:28 “It shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy and to afflict them, so I will watch over them to build and plant says the Lord. In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes...’”
Psalm 80:8-9 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt, You have cast out the nations and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root and it filled the land.”
This vine, Israel, is described as “the choicest vine.” But it is a vine that also has within it a “winepress.” (Isaiah 5:1-2) The “winepress” speaks of the crushing tribulation to come!
God planted Israel as a “noble vine” of the highest quality, yet it became an alien, degenerate vine. This speaks of Israel's rebellion to Messiah. (Jeremiah 2:21)
As with the olive and the fig tree, the vine will bear its good fruit in its time, which is just around the corner!
►Other trees symbolic of Israel:
Joel 1:12 (Context: Israel is invaded in the tribulation period) “The vine has dried up and the fig tree has withered; and the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree. All the trees of the field have withered. Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
But we know that Israel's story does not end in the tribulation. Joy will return.
The Cedar: Symbol of power, royalty and majesty. The Oak: Symbol of strength and stability. The Palm: Symbol of military victory and victory in Messiah. The Pomegranate: Symbol of abundance and joyfulness. The Acacia: Symbol of beauty. The Myrtle: Symbol of God’s favour and blessing.
The grand summary:
Israel is: Deeply rooted in God with an eternal future. Israel contains the light-producing oil of the Spirit of God and soon will be Messiah’s light of the world! Israel will be at peace soon. The church is a “wild” family member of Israel through our joint root in God. Israel will become fully fruitful after pruning. Israel’s ripening fruit is a sign of Messiah’s coming. Israel will bud and come to life supernaturally in a day and then bring the light of salvation to the Gentile world. Israel will go through the winepress of tribulation, be attacked from the north and fall under calamity, because she was the choicest, noble vine and yet gave herself to paganism. (Baal) Finally Israel will fulfil God’s call and plan in power, majesty and strength, abundance, and blessing.
All of this is revealed in the nature of this forest of trees, and the corresponding Bible verses. How can you not be a tree-hugger!
Edition 490: October 8th 2019
The destruction of freedom:
These are words of life!
I could sub-title this: The destruction of liberty and peace.
Freedom is not freedom if it allows itself to be destroyed, as we are seeing in the world now.
It is the gospel, exclusively which brings true freedom and liberty. And it is the message of the cross, within the gospel that does this. But biblical freedom is not the world’s freedom by any means.
Real freedom is being free from sin, self, the world and the demonic. Worldly freedom is an attempt to be free within the environment of sin with no constraints.
In this edition I will deal with freedom on a national as well as personal level. I will look at a nation under God and the great pushback by Satan, the lawless one, to destroy those advances and bring nations under Satan’s power.
Essentially, when the basic principles of the word of God are applied in a nation, that land will free and will prosper. When they are not, that land will come under all sorts of curses leading to failure.
Bear in mind that Satan is referred to as the “god of this world,” as well as the god of fallen man or the self-life dominated by the sin-nature. Man is not born free. He is born into Adam’s cursed, fallen sin-nature, with sin-laced blood in his veins. He needs the blood sacrifice of Messiah to fix him up.
The Bible calls Satan “The lawless one.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8) His definition of freedom is: “Do what you will.” The greatest deception of man is that he is a god without God. His great deception is that he is okay and he rules his universe.
►What man and his world wants is freedom with no restraint or rules. What Satan wants is freedom to rule, unhindered.
True biblical freedom comes packaged with liberty and peace. The world’s so-called freedom comes with enslavement and bondage.
The heart of man is full of evil and must be killed and born again. Today man thinks he is the centre of the universe, and he controls his destiny, and has the source of good within him, but the Bible reveals that the heart of man is desperately wicked.
Only those who are born-again are truly free, and free indeed. (John 8:36)
The failed church:
The true, solid, born again church will endure, grow brighter, and end up very successfully. A large part of the church will fall into gross error and ultimately fall away, as revealed in many Bible prophecies.
Israel will be one of the major stumbling blocks for the half-baked church. These end times will be another stumbling block. Many issues of morality will be another. Witchcraft, submission to the Jezebel spirit and other such things will be rife in the church. There is growing support amongst many churches for the erroneous philosophy of evolution.
Today there are even monkeys in some pulpits proclaiming that we come from baboons!
The churches of replacement theology, will be the new Hitler, and partner with anti-Semitism, empowered by evil forces, but extended to include the true, Bible believing church as victims.
Many churches are dying. The numbers are escalating amongst the non-Spirit filled churches. ●They die because they do not have the fullness of the Spirit to empower them. ●They die because of lack of prophetic vision and therefore drift into the already dead world. ●They die because they are subservient to the dead masses. ●They die because their spiritual diet is rotten to the core. ●They die because they love the world more than God. ●They die because they are alive to the flesh.
If you listen to someone talk of spiritual things and quickly you can tell how much time they have spent in the word. The knowledge and wisdom of God in you is impossible to counterfeit.
God’s spiritual end-time army is well equipped with knowledge of the enemy, and spiritual weapons of attack and defence. But sneaking, creeping in the backdoor are the Christians who reject the spiritual gifts. These are the ‘members’ of the army that will let it down and let the devil in. They are the church’s conscientious objectors and the traitors - when the pressure is on. (Numbers 32:6)
The shallow lives of many Christians today, are products of shallow shepherds, and preachers of polished personality; shouting shepherds like chameleons, and fed birdie nums nums like parrots.
Tragically, many teachers are leading their flock to the lord of flies, the god of this world. “Accept the Lord” they say, but it’s another Lord, another Jesus with no cross and full of worldliness.
We are to forsake the esteem of the world and its approval. We are not to compare ourselves amongst ourselves or the world. (2 Corinthians 10:12, John 12:43)
The curse of the mass-media:
The mass-media creates an apparent reality that creates a false authority. It is a lie built on illusions of its own grandeur and fallen creation. The media is no substitute for spiritual truth, knowledge, understanding and wisdom. It is a huge danger dishing up disservice from which you need spiritual protection.
Error becomes idolatry then people idolize it by eulogizing it the media. It is then virtually cast in stone, and then the masses feed on it like frenzied flies and vultures.
The problem becomes more severe when the church is involved in the error. That gives an evil, blind authority to the error. But know and understand that the church leader or teacher of error, is more accountable than the people he leads astray.
Zechariah 11:17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye. His arm shall completely wither and his right eye shall be totally blind.”
The removal of the word of God from society with the help of the media, is the removal of that society’s conscience, true knowledge and wisdom and the replacement thereof with the world’s ways filled with sin.
The removal of God from society has one major objective and that is to legitimise and legalise sin, make it acceptable and to destroy holiness and godly virtues.
As the world pushes the limits of morality, it is in ignorance, blindly pushing God to anger.
If God created humans with a place in their hearts for Him to dwell after the new-birth, how can you find fulfilment and peace with an imposter living in your heart?
A world with no restraint gets worse and worse, not better. Only a deceived fool says that worse is better. A world with no restraint manifests the fruits of Satan - killing, stealing, destroying, lying and deceiving, in a haze of confusion.
Crowd psychology or the group speak of the media gives people affirmation. This is cultural and spiritual collective communism. It creates people subservient to the masters of the media and the master of the media’s masters.
The collective masses become a customised entity, with a stolen authority. When God is removed from society it reverts to its base level with its evil fruits.
The media must mock God, cast down His authority and delegitimize His word. They must destroy the opposition to the devil sitting on their shoulder! What they are in fact doing is destroying the very essence of true freedom, so that chaos and anarchy rule.
Destruction, war and peace:
As we race at great speed towards the close of this age, and the great judgements of God the battle is intensifying and the battle lines are drawn.
►Godly war is coming because a satanic peace treaty is coming! Godly peace is coming because satanic peace will soon be destroyed.
The soon coming peace treaty will produce “sudden destruction” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Because this peace covenant will violate God’s eternal pre-existing covenant with Israel, great wars will result – suddenly and will occur right through the tribulation period.
Before the wrath of God destroys Satan and his armies, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature will wield their swords of destruction.
At the same time the antichrist and his sidekick the false prophet will be trying their utmost to destroy God’s word, and its veracity.
►At the end of the day, man and his world will have to ban the Bible itself, because it is the true dragon slayer and destroyer of sin, evil and wickedness.
A dark, dark world:
We see even now great attempts by the political liberal left around the world, to create chaos and disorder. To bring down and change the eternal laws of God upon which the foundations of the nations were built.
We are witnessing nations, once under God now falling and becoming nations under Satan. We see this in many nations in Africa. We see it in Venezuela, and other South American nations. We see it in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and many others.
We are seeing a bit more than a battle-royal on the go in the US. It is nothing more than the forces of darkness trying to extinguish the light of God’s plans. It is a spiritual battle – out in the open! Rest assured Americans, God’s will, will be done.
A hardened criminal hates the cops and the law, because they get in his way. He wants freedom to continue his criminal activity. He rejoices when the law and its godly freedom is destroyed, dethroned or neutralised. That’s the same principle on the go in the wider socio-political sense.
Unredeemed man is one with Satan, fallen and full of wickedness and blinded by God as a result. Because he has been blinded, he can’t see. He thinks he is right and fine. He is even blind to the fact that he has been blinded!
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
John 9:39 “For judgement I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see and that those who see may be made blind.”
John 3:19 “Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil”
These three verses above are a total horror and fly in the face of modern thinking.
Regular readers know well this verse dealing with the control of the antichrist:
Isaiah 10:14 “My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people...I have gathered all the earth and there was no one who moved his wing nor opened his mouth with even a peep.” (Acts 17:26)
Globalism is the desire of the devil. He will try to bring it about through massive control mechanisms. He must destroy national sovereignty and the freedoms of a nation under God. Social justice has become nothing but a slave to globalism.
Borders are a threat to world unity and so-called peace. The world wants a shared world conforming to the dictates of the ultimate dictator.
A new humanism is the world’s agenda with a common cause and goal. Global thinking in a global village is the order of the day – Satan’s day!
In pursuit of globalism, its dictators will hate all opposition to their deceived ways. Martyrdom of Christians even today, is rife and growing and will become endemic in the tribulation. But within this category are the Christian traitors, the Israel haters and the Judas sell-outs. Here they are:
Jeremiah 9:5-6 “Everyone will deceive his neighbour, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Me, says the Lord.”
When God is removed from society, there is no accountability for sin, because it is now re-defined, and is variable. What a terrible state to be in! But the big shock coming is that everyone will give an account of everything in their lives. “It is appointed unto man to die once and then judgement.”
The three pillars of a nation under God are family, state and church. All three are under the same attack! Satan’s globalism endeavour is to remove the boundaries. He is trying to remove the boundaries of what family is. He is trying to remove the boundaries of the nations (Acts 17:26) He is trying to remove the boundaries of the church with inter-faith efforts
If you could create a massive world-wide boundary-less unity, who would set the global rules and what would they be. What would be the values?
The freedom cycle:
Freedom and liberty generally operate as a cycle through time. It is well illustrated in this diagram, which I created for your benefit. The cycle begins its fateful plunge whenever a society (or individual) forsakes the principles of the word of God. A nation under God quickly becomes a nation under Satan when God is removed.
This freedom-cycle is about to become a very different picture. A true horror, because of the time period we are in. The cycle will work the same way for those saved in the tribulation period, but for all others and the nations of the world generally, this is how it will work out:
►Freedom, liberty, license, wickedness depravity, destruction, wrath, rage and hell!
What is the end goal?
Satan’s end goal in all these things is to create a new world order of massive control. He would call that world-peace.
The world would have been well indoctrinated and taken over by then. The end result would be all credit going to the antichrist (Satan) which would then produce the worship Satan desires.
That is the end goal. It is worship. But we know how this all works out don’t we?
We must resist all forms of control by illegitimate authority. If not, the devil will get in through holes in your armour. Holes in your armour catch up with you later if you don’t make them whole.
You don’t break God’s law. It breaks you. Removing it only delays the inevitable. When you rationalise your evil, you have opened the door for much worse to come in.
Darkness is destroyed by light, not political or social action. Our job is to shine and do what the Lord leads us to, but to see that we are to come out of and die to the world, and leave it to its own devices. (2 Corinthians 6:17, John 15:19, John 12:25, Revelation 22:11)
The world system and the sin-nature in man are indestructible by man’s methods.
Sin is in your genes or should we say – jeans! In fact it is in your blood. When you look into yourself inwardly and introspectively for peace and answers to problems, unless saved, you will meet the architect of peace, the grand deceiver – Satan.
Satan is enthroned on the throne of the unbeliever’s life, even though he can’t see it and won’t admit it. Satan is enthroned on a throne on top of the world!
He will always help you, just enough to bait you! God’s way is to kill you and blow up your world, then to create a new born-again you and an all new world of untold glory with Satan cast down.
Please don’t forget my verse for the year: “As you forsake the word of God, you will praise the wicked!” (Proverbs 28:4) How incredibly true that has been so far.
The real deal of all centuries was the deal Satan made with Adam and Eve. “You will be as God if you eat of the tree.” In other words, you will be free and in liberty as God is.
The coming “Deal of the Century” is the same as the deal of Adam and Eve with Satan. It will break God’s eternal covenant with Israel, Satan’s deal with Adam and Eve rocked the whole world until now. This coming peace covenant will rock the world right into great wrath and tribulation! Talk about history repeating itself!
The main reason for destruction in Noah’s day and the days of Lot was because there were only a handful of righteous people in the world and in the city. The primary reason was not sin no righteous people. Of course that is one of the major reasons for the increase in sin. But don’t lose sight of the major responsibility of the church to be holy in these days.
Proverbs 2:10-13 (Amp) “Skilful and godly wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you; to deliver you from the way of evil, and the evil man, from men who speak perverse things and are liars, men who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.”
The Christian world view is all about restraint and the knowledge of God in the land. (Hosea 4:1-2) If Satan can destroy the righteous he can operate unrestricted. The Spirit-filled church as the restrainer, stands in his way, and guess how that’s going to work out!
True biblical freedom comes out of the mouths of those who know and understand the things of God. This is why Satan must silence their mouths! He will not succeed.
Our goal in this day is godly quality, which spreads to others. Like produces like!
Interestingly, the fall of Adam into the curse, got all of nature cursed too, but at the revealing of the saints in their new resurrected state all of nature is released from the curse into the glorious liberty (and freedom) of the children of God! (Romans 8:25)
John 8:36 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”
I took this picture while sitting at a waterhole in the beautiful Etosha Game Reserve.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!