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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 491: October 15th 2019
The mystery tour:
These are words of life!
“Roll up roll up, the magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, waiting to take you away.” (The Beatles 1967)
Roll up roll up, the biblical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, take you away. (God)
The former mystery tour will take you away to hell. The latter will take you away in rapture!
This is an odd edition. It’s about a coming mystery, a severe secret that when it manifests, will rock the world. It’s odd because I have no idea what it is or will be, and yet I feel led to write about its coming now, ahead of time. You could say: “This guy does not know what he’s talking about!”
I have had a strong sense in my spirit that something big is coming and that there will be a spectacular message of warning within it. So, I now have my spiritual eyes and ears open, as I await the revealing of the mystery. And let me tell you, that it may not be only me who receives it.
This then is an appropriate time to expand on the incredible subject of Bible mysteries, signs and secrets. It is a treasure trove of profound importance, full of hidden messages and life-changing truth.
But it is also a haunt of devils and demons, great error, and nightmarish spiritual quicksand!
Many have gone out on the mystery tour, only to be shipwrecked by hidden rocks. Many on the trail of magical mysteries have gone into forbidden territory, never to come out.
Some like Rabbi Jonathan Cahn have delved deep into numerous Bible mysteries and come out with many books and brilliant Spirit-led teachings on the subject, opening the eyes of all who would take the trouble to look beyond the surface.
The parables of the Bible are mysteries of sorts. They reveal a deeper underlying truth.
There is however, an important issue relating to Bible mysteries. Why do they exist?
Why does God hide His face from man? Why does He conceal powerful truths? Why does he speak in mysterious parables? Why not just lay it all out in the open, clear and simple?
The reason is because the deeper things of God are always exclusive. They are only for those who diligently search for them. They are only for the Spirit-led few who come in faith and pay the price.
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Job 15:8 “Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit your understanding to yourself?
Beware of getting sidetracked by signs, wonders and mysteries, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. “The secret things belong to the Lord, but the revealed things to you.” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Do lean on and trust the Spirit of God to show you and bring to life what He desires.
1 Corinthians 2:7 “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom of God, ordained before the ages for our glory.”
The seven mysteries:
I recently shared with you the importance of the hidden messages contained in the seven feasts of the Lord. There are many parallels with the seven mysteries. There are numerous other groupings of seven in the Bible: The seven-fold Spirit of God, the seven churches, the seven gifts of the Spirit, the seven eyes – and more.
The Bible has a lot to say about mysteries. There are a number of original words used for “mystery.” The one I’m interested in now is Strong’s G3466 - “Mysterion.” It means a hidden secret revealed only to insiders in the know. Those on the outside cannot see or understand the mystery. It does not mean it’s a mystery to everyone. It’s like having a password to come into a secret place. It’s only for those with the password.
Colossians 1:26 “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations has now been revealed to the saints.”
Here are the seven biblical mysteries:
●The Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:11). ●Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2). ●The rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51). ●The gospel (Ephesians 6:19). ●Sin (2 Thessalonians 2:7). ●Godliness (1 Timothy 3:16). ●Israel’s blindness (Romans 11:25.)
Note that these “mysteries” above are not a mystery to true believers. They are a total mystery to unbelievers. This is why the Bible says you need to be born again to even see the kingdom of God! (John 3:3)
Many times, as most Christians know, it is most frustrating trying to get unbelievers to see spiritual things. They can’t see or understand the things of the Spirit outside of the new birth.
If you are not saved, you can’t see the kingdom of God, but you will see buildings, pews and men in pretty revolting frocks, behind elevated pulpits and choirs singing to ancient organs. You will think the church is a place like that, just like the one down on the corner.
Note in the list of mysteries that they all relate to the true born again church, except the last one, “Israel’s blindness”. This one is very important, which I’ll discuss in more detail a bit further on.
Let’s go on the mystery tour:
The kingdom of God: is a mystery. You can’t even see it or participate in it unless born-again. It is a kingdom ruled by a King in which all true believers will co-rule and reign with our Messiah. It is above and removed from the kingdoms of this world. The kingdom of God includes the kingdom of heaven, the church on earth, saved Israel, the Millennium and will in future include all domains in the universe, cleansed and re-created.
Tongues: This is another big mystery to outsiders and even for many Christians who reject the baptism in the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues. The gift of tongues was the immediate identifying mark of the birth of the church age and the end of the Old Covenant. Tongues are inextricably linked with the gifts of the Spirit, spiritual warfare, and success over the world. Speaking and praying in tongues is a wonderful, powerful, mysterious key to success. The use of tongues will come to an end at the end of the church age and not before.
The rapture: The rapture of the church is a mystery that relates to the true church exclusively. It is the instant catching away of believers transporting them in a flash to heaven in their new resurrection bodies. The rapture ends the church age or dispensation, and gives way to the seventieth week of years of Daniel 9:27 also called the tribulation period, and the time of Jacob’s trouble. The rapture is called a mystery because it bookends the mystery of the church age.
Why the rapture matters: It triggers the final restoration of the Jews. The two are inextricably linked. Teachers and preachers that don’t touch the rapture are by default of replacement theology, even if in their ignorance.
The gospel: The gospel is called a mystery because it is of the Spirit of God – its author and revealer. It is the revelation of God’s words for us the church, which is also a mystery. The gospel is “dead letter” to those outside the kingdom of God, but to those on the inside and who are Spirit filled, it is alive and life giving. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
Sin: There would be no such thing as sin if there were no law of God or gospel. Unbelievers do not have a sin consciousness stemming from the knowledge of God. To them sin is relative, mostly a pleasure, and with no eternal consequences. Outside of the Spirit of God, sin is a mystery. Only true believers can see the mystery and do something about it.
Godliness: True godliness is a virtue which is indentified by the Spirit of God. In many respects it is the antithesis of sin. Godliness is a powerful driving characteristic of the Spirit of God. It is all a mystery to outsiders. That is why they think we are mad! They think godliness is doing a few good deeds so that some angry God somewhere will smile on them. Little do they know that even their good is bad, outside of the kingdom!
What is the common thread through these mysteries? They are all under attack by the devil.
Now, as we near the end of our mystery tour, the real drama ignites! (I want to spend a bit more time on this mystery of Israel’s blindness):
This mystery is a limited partial blindness with a “sell-by” time-stamp on it. Soon, the Jews will see their crucified and risen Messiah. They will come through the cross of Calvary to glory.
Romans 11:25 “I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
There are so many glorious prophecies in the Old Covenant relating to the identity of the coming Messiah; it really is a mystery that the Jews are blind to Him. There are Old Covenant prophecies of His birth place, Bethlehem, His virgin birth, His crucifixion and manner of death, His burial and resurrection, and much more. And they remain blind!
Shockingly many deceived Bible teachers and church leaders, teach that God used the Jews to bring in Messiah and now that the Jews have rejected Him, and been blinded, that is where the story ends for them. They teach that the Jews are not the called or the chosen people anymore.
Isaiah 11:11-12 “It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left...He shall set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel...from the four corners of the earth.”
Romans 11:29 “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” This is not talking about a calling. It is a reference to the calling of God on Israel.” (Check the context)
There is coming a time, which has already started, when this mystery-blindness will disappear, like a veil blowing in the Spirit’s wind. It will happen when the full number of Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25)
There is another beautiful application of this verse (Romans 11:25). The fullness of the Gentiles coming in, is a reference to the rapture and the church coming into heaven.
So, Israel’s mystery blindness is about to disappear!
Beware church, when Israel gets her sight back! That will the exact time many so-called Christians will be blinded. (Romans 11:20-23)
Let me ask you this in all honesty:
If God is finished with Israel because of their hard hearts, which caused their blindness, why is He bringing them back in their blindness? The following two verses (and there are many more) clearly show God bringing the Jews back in their blindness and then opening their eyes!
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 and crooked places straight.”
Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity of darkness.”
What incredible drama!! What a wonder this all is!!
Don’t get caught on the wrong side of God when He begins eye surgery on the Jews. Don’t get caught on the wrong side when the wind of the Spirit blows the veil aside! You will regret it forever.
The coming secret mystery, which I have alluded to:
Psalm 74:9-10 “We do not see our signs. There is no longer any prophet, nor is there any among us who knows how long. O God, how long will the adversary reproach us and the enemy blaspheme Your name?
In the verse above we see the importance of prophetic insight into the timing of the coming of the Lord, Israel’s awakening and the tribulation.
This soon to be revealed secret mystery, will rock the world, but the world will not understand it for the same reason as the seven mysteries I’ve outlined above.
As said, I don’t know what it will be just yet, but I do have a sense that it will have something to do with the veil of blindness being lifted from Israel and a God-inflicted blindness coming upon certain sections of the church.
What will lift the veil of blindness upon the Jews? A wind of the Spirit will, but there will be an event to cause it.
What is it exactly that produces light and sight – for Israel?
Have a good look at the following two verses relating to Israel’s release from Egypt:
Jeremiah 32:21 “You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders and a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror.”
Exodus 7:3 “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.”
Note that God hardened the heart of Pharaoh to the demand by Moses to “Let My people go.” He then relented and let them go, but later changed his mind and pursued the Israelis only to get his armies drowned in the Red Sea.
God used many signs and wonders at that time.
Today, Israel is almost ready to leave Egypt (the world) again and enter her glorious Promised Land of salvation. Interestingly the antichrist is a type of Pharaoh in this instance. He (the antichrist) will make peace with Israel, but it will be to bait them. Then he will pursue them, as they are saved en mass. He will again meet his fate!
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth, Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.”
Romans 10:19 “I say, ‘did Israel not know?’ First Moses said, ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will anger you by a foolish nation.’”
Romans 11:11 “Have they (Jews) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Jews.”
God would not use unbelievers to provoke His people to jealousy. Those who are not a nation would refer to the multi-racial and cultural nature of the church. The foolish nation would have to be those who are born of the Spirit of God. It would be the true, non-Babylon influenced church, including born-again Jews, now part of the church.
The enemies of God’s people:
These enemies will naturally be enemies of God’s word as well.
Psalm 12:8 “The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.”
Amazingly, many churches can’t see that the one on the cross in their stained glass windows is a Jew! They don’t see that the “Banner for the nations” (Isaiah 11:11-12) is a signpost stained with Jewish blood!
This banner for the nations is a short, encapsulated word to the nations. The banner from God speaks of His re-gathering of His people from the nations to their land ahead of their salvation. But what does the banner from the churches say? What does the banner from your church say?
The banner from the churches of replacement theology says: God has finished with the Jews; they are now just like any nation of the world.
The churches of replacement theology, in reality, also desire to “wipe Israel off the map” - their map! Their “final solution” gets rid of God’s call and plan for the Jews. According to them all the curses are now for Israel and all the blessings are for the church only!
Anti-Semitism is the most unfair, and unreasonable discrimination in the world ever. Replacement theology, although with the same goal as Hitler, has a host of Bible verses, all taken way out of context, and flying in the face of reality, is the spirit of error motivated by the spirit of Satan.
Psalm 44:13-14 “You make us (Jews) a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to those around us, you make us a swear word among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.”
Zephaniah 3:19-20 “Behold at that time (regathering) I will deal with all who afflict you...I will bring you back and gather you, for I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth.”
Zechariah 8:23 “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, foe we have heard God is with you.’”
Take note from these verses above: Those of anti-Semitism and replacement theology say of the Jews: “reproach, a scorn, derision, a swear word and a shaking of the head.” These ignominious terms are all in one verse! But then God turns it around wonderfully to fame and praise and more!
Note well, very well, how your Bible teacher speaks of the Jews, even in little seemingly innocuous ways. They reveal his heart and his knowledge of God, his closeness to God, or his lack of it. They reveal his closeness to the spirit of Hitler, or the living God.
This is no minor issue! The Bible says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:24) Don’t tell me I don’t know your heart. You have revealed it yourself, by your words for all to see.
There is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile in Him. And so it will be at the end of the ages with all who are in Him united as one.
As the world steps into hell, they will finally see! All mysteries will be cleared up suddenly, but too late for them to do anything about it.
Don’t mess with your eternal future.
I took the background picture from a chopper in the Dragons Back region of the Drakensberg. I used a light-paint technique to photograph the flower and combined them.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!