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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 492: October 22nd 2019
Deception-free – indeed!
These are words of life!
The greatest end-time sign, warned of by our Lord is deception. It will manifest most strongly in the church perpetrated by certain teachers, preachers and pastors.
Deception causes division and will increase as the coming of the Lord draws near. On an individual level, deception causes divisions and also causes you to be divided or separated from God.
Matthew 12:25 “A house divided cannot stand”.
I recently received an email from a reader who said: “I am so terrified of falling into deception that I hand my future over to God, to prevent it from happening, ever, ever, ever!” If only the entire church would have an attitude like that!
I know, for The Prophetic Scroll that a huge responsibility falls on Bible teachers. Prayer against deception is a daily event for me, and some who are prayer warriors for this ministry.
Our Lord said, answering the question from the disciples on when the end will be: “Take heed that you are not deceived.” (Matthew 24:4) Numerous other verses warn of exactly the same thing.
This edition is to help you identify deception and prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Much of the material I’m using relates to all believes at any time, but this is focused on our current situation and current events, as we enter critical prophetic days. (Revelation 12:12)
The nature of deception:
Firstly, deception is essentially a spirit; it is a manifestation of the “spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)
Deception is a well camouflaged, ugly beast! The biggest issue is that people don’t know they’re deceived until or unless they get out of it. When they’re in it, they’re blind to it. It is something we need to “take heed of” diligently, to avoid especially in these days.
Deception normally masquerades as the truth. It often travels the same highway as truth. It hides its dangerous darkness in the light.
A light meter can give you the strength of the light in a measuring unit called a candela. But it can’t identify the source of the light. What we know from the “light meter” called the Bible is that this evil, dark light is getting very bright, because its source, Satan knows his time is short! (Revelation 12:12)
That in and of itself tells us that the true blinding Light is approaching fast!
Only true believers can look into the Light of God and not be blinded. Those full of pride and the world’s ways, look to God and are blinded by the Light.
Deception often has a fallen morality to it. It comes packaged with un-holiness. It is often progressive in its advances, taking more and more of the territory of your heart.
Deception can only be seen and identified against the Spirit enlightened word of God.
Sources of deception:
●Pride, ●False doctrine, ●False teachers / prophets, ●Rejection of Spirit baptism, ●Denominations (divisions), ●The world system, ●The media, ●Sinful lifestyles, ●Curses, ●Traditions of man, ●Cultural customs, ●Legalism, ●Anti-Semitism / replacement theology, ●The occult, ●Paganism, ●Witchcraft ●Mixing truth and error, ●Personal private interpretation – and much more.
Pride always causes spiritual blindness. Blindness causes deception!
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For this reason (unrighteous deception, no love of the truth), God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie...”
It is worth noting that in many cases, it is always the same people who get deceived. Some people just have a natural propensity and attraction to dangerous poison! This is often sourced in long-standing curses in their lives that have not been dealt with or repented of.
One of the characteristics of false prophets / teachers is that they always need to use persuasive argument and manipulation. That’s because that’s the only authority they have! There is no Spirit of truth and authority of God in them. Normally, there are many tell-tale signs!
Essentially the source of all deception is Satan himself working through fallen man, the world system and a host of demons, and all with ever increasing intensity in these days.
Some examples of modern deceptions:
Some of the big recent false teachings and deceptions include: The Mayan calendar prophecies, The Revelation 12-sign and its related offshoots, like Nibiru, and others. (All built on verses of replacement theology, and taken way out of context.)
A great, powerful, satanic deception is called misdirection. The deceived often call those that expose deception and false teachers as the ones bringing deception, thus misdirecting the attention away from themselves.
A great well - dispersed deception is the thought that God’s severity, judgement and warnings are of no consequence and you can carry on regardless. After all, if the world sanctions it, it must be okay!
Love that obliterates, lessens or nullifies judgement, in its right place, is a dangerous deception. Love and truth are twins. Much that is done in the name of love these days is void of truth.
A great deception in the world is that being good saves you, and a loving God would never send anyone to hell. Wrong!
All churches that won’t preach or teach at least the basics of eschatology are deceived. They are presenting a half-baked gospel to their clan.
Legalism is a great deception. The legalistic use of the Bible is the use of “dead letter,” with no spiritual transforming power in it. It always elevates those in it in pride.
Proverbs 17:19 “He who loves transgression (sin) loves strife. He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.”
Without the Spirit of God leading us, there is a danger of becoming over-balanced or obsessive even with the truth. It is dead letter that then becomes a hobby-horse which is of no value. A dead truth becomes a deceptive death trap and always divides the brethren.
Romans 16:17 “I urge you brethren to note those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine you have learned from us and avoid them.”
Be careful of the deceiving nature of much that is in the world.
Mark 4:19 (Amp) “The cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches and the craving and passionate desire for other things, creep in and choke and suffocate the word and it becomes fruitless.”
Some socio political systems were born of deceived madmen – ranting atheists and the like. The systems they produced are a deception. Most forms of socialism, communism, Marxism / Leninism are a total deception. They do not work, except to produce massive control instead of the freedom they promise.
Socialism has as its hidden goal the enslavement of the masses. Its objective is to create subservience to the ruling elite. It redefines and in many cases gets rid of foundational godly law so that sin can rule supreme. They hate a nation under God, because they love sin! (Proverbs 2:13, John 3:19)
Nearly 2000 years of lies and Catholic-created deception is not easy to get rid of. But you must get rid of all traces of it as you identify it.
Catholics believe Jesus was divine only because Mary was divine first.
When you, especially as a new or young believer are searching be careful that your “valley of decision” does not become a valley of deception! The young are always most vulnerable and in need of special protection and attention.
The agenda of mass-media:
The hidden agenda of the mass-media, especially today, is to hide and obscure the Lord, His cross and His soon-coming. They are the satanic masters of deceit, even unknowingly in some cases.
Have a very good look at this incredible verse below identifying the work of deception:
Jeremiah 9:6 “Your habitation is in the midst of deceit. Through deceit they refuse to know Me, says the Lord.”
Deception always obscures the truth of the gospel, and our Lord Himself!
Isaiah 59:2 “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
Obadiah 3 “The pride and arrogance of your heart has blinded and deceived you.”
In these incredible verses above, we see pride and sin causing spiritual blindness, deafness, and deception. That’s what you call being in trouble!
It is the world, headed by it’ god – Satan and his mouth piece, the media that wants to get rid of the truth. They dethrone the Bible, kill the truth, mock Christians and elevate all false cross-less religions, which are all counterfeits. They must get rid of the power of the cross!
This tragic verse below speaks of the masses shouting to our Lord while He was on the cross. They opted for Barabbas, the murderer. This is the cry of mass-media and the world.
Mark 15:30 “Save yourself and come down from the cross.”
Peace without the cross is a deception and delusion. Peace without the cross is the antichrist’s “peace.” It is the “peace” of hell. True peace is exclusive to the kingdom of God, which you can only enter by blood and birth.
If you believe the media, you are in trouble. They speak what their big boss, Satan wants.
CNN says “terrorism doesn’t have a religion!” – WRONG!
CNN says “The world has decided that Israel is the occupying force in Israel.” – WRONG!
Note now, the progressive nature of deception, and its effects on society.
Psalm 74:20-23 “Have respect to the covenant (word); for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitation of cruelty...The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.”
The golden calf got the children of Israel into big trouble! Golden calf churchianity is the way of the average so-called believer today. Entertainment and amusement-mad, pagan-filled, Spirit-less churches have spread all over the world. They fit in well with the agenda of the world! Many of them are hell bound.
Many modern preachers have bowed to the god of this world and its voice, the mass-media.
The mass-media legitimises golden calf, idolatry in the counterfeit churches they support.
Malachi 2:8 “You have departed from the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law.”
Today we are in a world of horrifying evil on every front including some churches. There is no restraint because there are no consequences. The church and the gospel preached by the majority of ministers today is spineless, and fleshly with no power.
Deuteronomy 13:13 “Certain corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of the city saying, let us go and serve other gods, gods whom you have not known.”
The enticement to serve and worship other gods is all around us today. Many things appearing harmless have been turned into idols, and many things deadly in nature have been accepted by the blind.
Today, many churches have unknowingly “baptised” their members into the world. They are now alive to the world and dead to the fullness of God’s word and His coming kingdom. The modern church claims to have power, but it is the energy of the flesh and not the energy of the Spirit.
This superficial sorrow-less, self-confident church led by worldly wolves have modified the cross to suit worldly counterfeit Christians. Amazingly very few can see that they are on a collision course with spiritual disaster.
Modern deception and Israel:
If Satan can get rid of God’s call and plan for Israel, he has stumped God!
Not surprisingly, one of the strongest deceptions now and into the future, relates to God’s plan for Israel.
God will use Israel as His “battle-axe” to defeat nations that come against them.
God will bring Israel to salvation, holiness and righteousness suddenly, which will be the foundation for them being used as His chief evangelists in the tribulation period.
The world’s plan would create an Islamic Israel!
The world has a nasty surprise coming – at the hands of Israel! It will be hated Israel that destroys Islam, many invading nations and leaves the counterfeit tribulation churches in the dust.
The great deceiver:
The greatest deceiver of all time is none other than Satan himself, but in the soon coming tribulation period, Satan will manifest fully in the individual known as the antichrist. Even now, the “spirit of antichrist” is at work.
Here are some of the characteristics of the deceiver of all deceivers. First, are some of the verses from which I’ve taken this list:
Antichrist: Daniel 7:20-25, 7:4 Revelation 13:1-5 Daniel 11:3, 36-37, Daniel 11:28, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 Daniel 8:25 Matthew 24:24, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Daniel 11:28-39, 2 Corinthians 11:14.
●He speaks pompous words. ●His appearance is greater than his fellows. ● He makes war against the saints for three and a half years and prevails against them. ●He shall arise from ten kings, but he shall be different from the others. ●He will rule with great dominion and do according to his will. ●In his cunning he will prosper through deception and magnify himself. ●He will destroy many in their prosperity, and will rise against the Prince of princes. ●He will act against the holy covenant. ●He will honour those who come against God’s covenant. ●He will act against great fortresses and he shall honour a god which his fathers did not know. ●The nations will give their authority to him. ●He will do great signs and wonders. ●He comes as an angel of light. ●He will not have the desire for women. ●He will be a champion of no morality. ●He comes to kill, steal, destroy, lie and confuse and deceive.
The whole world will fall under the curse of the antichrist’s deception, blindness, slavery and misery. It will be in a media / Satan created “utopian” nightmare world of tumultuous torment led by the manic maniac of the world - Satan
Freedom from deception:
2 Peter 1:10 “Therefore brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you will never stumble, for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour.”
The context of the above passage is “escaping the corruption that is in the world.” (Verse 4)
Very often you will have a warning sound coming from your own heart when deception arises. That is the Spirit of God in you. Don’t ignore it. In these days you really need the gifts of the Spirit, especially of discernment.
God will not prevent you from going into deception, but He will put a siren in your heart and give you spiritual ears, through the gifts, to hear it.
In these end times and in the days ahead, there will be an outpouring of the supernatural, both of God and of the deceiver. The very fact that a great number of people in the world fall for the antichrist in the tribulation, is proof enough of the power of deception.
Asymmetric warfare is between opposing groups with unequal power and military might. It could be described as conventional warfare against the unconventional. We as believers are blessed with being members of the Lord’s army – whose ultimate victory endures forever! That’s what you call, asymmetric alright – in our favour!
So, just as it looks like the world is winning, its destruction will come suddenly, and the true winners will be revealed. Do you know that one fine day you will be revealed by God to the whole universe!
Part of the road to freedom involves knowing our position in Messiah as we head for glory. ●We take up a cross, but we have already arrived, more than conquerors. ●We walk humbly before God, but we are seated in heavenly places. ●We are already joint heirs of all thins of God, but we forsake all to gain glory. ●We have a sin nature in us, but we partake of His divine nature now! ●We have to deal with sin, but we are free from sin in Him. ●We are in a fallen world, but we are children of the kingdom of the living God.
These holy “contradictions” stem from the differences between temporal truth and positional truth.
Knowing Bible prophecy well is an anchor for your soul. It is armour against deception.
Prophecy, if seen rightly, should wipe you off your feet onto the floor of humility.
God’s word, including prophecy, is like a rock. It brings restraint, stability and strength to those who respect it, from individuals to entire nations. Bible prophecy is just one aspect of that rock of stability in your life, producing endurance and holiness.
You need to be involved in some ways with ministries like The Prophetic Scroll that will always keep you in the prophetic loop and above all always direct you to glory!
A powerful method of avoiding deception is seen in that simple email, I referred to at the top. It is the desire, with an open heart to be free from deception. Our Lord will always honour that attitude, desire and prayer.
If you have been in deception, the key to be free is to identify it, repent and reject all traces of it. Forsake all contact items, sources and anything to do with it – the people too. Break and cut from all of its curses. Receive biblical truth fast. You will not be able to do this if you remain in your pride.
Call on our Lord to cleanse you and set you free and to alert you of the dangers of deception wherever it arise. Study God’s word prayerfully in regard to this.
If you are free and not deceived, well and good, that’s great, but keep the door shut to the re-appearance of deception.
Humble yourself always under the mighty hand of God. Do not humble yourself to the devil and his world. Resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7)
Diligently seek the truth with all your heart.
The spirit of error can’t produce truth except as bait! The spirit of error comes deceitfully to befriend you and beguile you, to create your acceptance. The Spirit of truth will always lead you to safety.
If the root cause of deception is pride, the root cause of freedom from deception is humility before God and His word and ways.
Pride is the veil hiding the face of God and His word. Satan then fills the void with his deceptions as the substitute.
Yes, you can and must walk your Christian life deception-free and be free indeed!
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Shalom and grow in His Grace!