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- ”America has finally decided the Bible is not illegal!” (Jerusalem Post) The US, in a historic move has declared that it will not use the term “settlements” anymore, legalising and legitimising Jewish control over Judea and Samaria.
- Ironically, the UN passed a resolution yesterday with 154 nations voting in favour of the Temple Mount falling under full Muslim control, rejecting Israel’s ownership.
- Israel attacks numerous Syrian targets near Damascus in response to Syria / Iran rocket attacks on Israel - all shot down by Israel's Iron Dome (20th Nov.) Israel says will now respond to every attack. "Its a new day."
- Iran continues to break all rules in pursuit of nuclear weapons. Very soon, someone (US and Israel) will bring her to book!
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
The following verses apply well to the mass media:
Job 9:4 “Who has hardened his heart against Him and prospered?”
Isaiah 43:13 “...I work and who can reverse it?”
Philippians 1:9 “I pray that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment...”
Jeremiah 7:28 “You shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God, nor receive correction. Truth has perished and been cut off from their mouth.”
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.
15th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The evil “I am”:
This is the ‘me now’ generation, ruled by ‘me, myself, I.’ It is the generation where the cry of the masses is “I am, and there is no other”. Here it is written in ages past:
Isaiah 47:10 “You have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, ‘no one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’”
One of the titles of our Messiah is “I am.” So, which ‘I am’ are you going to serve?
In the last few weeks I had two dramatic, most insightful encounters with two individuals, who had professed to be believers for years. Let’s call them Mr A. and Miss B.
Mr A has a foul mouth. I asked him to watch his language, and then spoke of something I had written here in The Prophetic Scroll (TPS). Well, Mr. A exploded and condemned me and TPS, with a tirade of swearing. To be honest, I was shocked to see the sudden extent of his antagonism.
Miss B then came along and exploded because I pointed out that the Bible condemned some of her witchcraft practises which she had tried to mix into her so-called Christianity. She instantly yelled like an electrified Jezebel, rejecting everything I said including the words of the Bible.
These two events are indicative and symptomatic of the world today, including some of the modern compromised churches.
Firstly, let’s analyse the events:
Both Mr A and Miss B were challenged to repent of sin. Both had a violent reaction to the conviction. It was not me or TPS or the Bible that they were offended at, but the personal application of conviction repentance and change, which was now on the table.
It was the conviction that they tried to get rid of by choosing the way of confrontation, and hostility. The way of spineless love would be to say nothing and tolerate it. The way of real godly love is the way of rebuke, and correction. (2 Timothy 3:16) If the individual will not receive it, so be it.
In the light you see the truth, but you also see sin. The light of God will reveal it and what to do about it. The darkness will hide it and attack the light! You can only repent from sin. If you remove what is called sin, re-name it, or water it down, no repentance is required and anything goes.
A hazy spiritual light will give you unclear half truths.
There are a number of bad things at work within many people. They want nothing standing in the way of self’s sin. They want no conviction. They are their own “I am.”
They want to bring people, ministries and the Bible down because it correctly identifies sin and opposes their participation in it. They try to exalt themselves above all authority.
They must tear down the things of God to give expression to their sin-nature.
The world and its god, fallen man and his god, are speeding down the road to soon coming doom.
●These end-times are bringing our Lord closer. ●The antichrist is also getting closer.
●The Man of holiness is drawing near. ●The man of sin is drawing near.
But for sin to flourish, holiness must be cast down. This is the state of the world today.
The problem with many today is that they are deceived, ignorant, don’t care, are proud, with no knowledge of God, and no restraint and discipline.
Most people today are a living offence to God. Of course, they can’t see that, because they are in the dark. It is the responsibility of the church to shed God’s light into this fallen world now.
As the end of the age approaches, the true church is becoming clearly visible in the light of God’s truth, and so is the false church! The eternal glorious kingdom of God, which will be the real survivor, is becoming more evident all the time, but it is exclusive.
By the way, the false church is not destroyed by God in the tribulation. It is destroyed, by its own god, the false Messiah!
The false church is becoming easier to spot. It is designed to make you comfortable in the world and in sin. It hides and obscures sin and its consequences. When the cross is obscured, sin is elevated.
The comfort of the world is not worth the effort of seeking. The world will comfort you in your sin and say, ‘it’s all okay now’. The word of God will not comfort you in your sin. It will condemn and convict you, and then empower you to change and become holy. That is what real true love is all about!
The well used term “There is now no condemnation,” is greatly misused in the church. In reality it is associated with repentance. It is conditional. Here it is:
Romans 8:1 “There is no condemnation to those who are in Messiah, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
The woman caught in adultery was forgiven by our Lord. (John 8:10-11) But He said to her, ‘Now go and sin no more.’ This was the command of repentance and correction. She was not forgiven to continue in adultery.
Tradition holds that this was the “woman of sin” in Luke 7:37 and in fact was Mary Magdalene. If it was her, that means that her repentance led to her being the first one to see our Lord resurrected. It is a repentant attitude and life that cause spiritual sight.
May I say, that if you want a healthy spiritual life, break from the world’s ways and join and receive the word’s ways. Repent of sin now, but be advised, that a walk of repentance will do you more good than any exercises ever will!
Yes be free in your God-given liberty, but always keep an eye on the old sin nature and its desire to self-resurrect and trip you up.
Above all, in these dangerous days - exalt, uplift, revere and magnify the word of God in your life.
Be encouraged, stand strong – you can and must!
Edition 156 March 30th 2013
Getting yourself and others ready for Messiah:
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
►An amazing insight:The new pope surprised a number of prophecy watchers who expected him to have an identification with the title ‘Peter the Roman’, to fulfil the prophecy of the final pope by St. Malachy. This new guy took the name ‘Francis’ to identify with Francis of Assisi. Here is the connection: The full name of Francis of Assisi is: Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone. Peter is most certainly connected with Rome and all the popes. So now do we have a connection with pope Francis and Peter the Roman? We most certainly do! Interestingly Francis of Assisi was a prolific prophet with many on the coming doom of the Catholic church. Another point of interest is that this new guy is over the hill. He’s 76 years old. If he turns out to be the Biblical false prophet, there’s not much time left is there!
►A very important news item and development:
The “Jewish Press.com” and numerous other media are reporting on “A New Muslim Vision: Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple together.” (The new temple is not the final one of Ezekiel, but an interim tribulation-period temple.)
Here is a section of the new article by, Sinem Tezyapar:
As a devout Muslim, it would be a joy for me to see Prophet Solomon’s Temple rebuilt as well. No, you did not hear me wrong. Prophet Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in all its magnificence and glory would be a great delight for me, as it would be to any Muslim. Under different circumstances, in an atmosphere of trust, love and brotherhood, Muslims would welcome this with enthusiasm. The Temple of Solomon is also a historically important place, and rebuilding it would be a wonderful occasion for all believers to contemplate. Every Muslim, every believer, will want to experience the spirit of those days again, and strive to bring the beauty of those days back to life. Actually, it is everyone’s aspiration for that city to be adorned, to be beautified, and to regain the magnificent glory it had in the days of the Prophet Solomon.
The article also mentions the fact that Christians have an important interest in Israel and the new Temple as well.
So now we have the three main mono-theistic religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity all focussing on the coming new Temple. What an amazing development this is. Muslims being encouraged to agree to a new Temple, the Jews wanting it urgently and traditional (dead) Christianity also involved.
Ezra 4:1-2 “Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the Temple of the Lord God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel, they said to them “Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do...”
Imagine all three religions working together to rebuild this temple!
Isn’t it interesting that literally within days of election the new leader of the Catholic church is already making moves to normalise relations with Muslims and Jews. He is moving fast towards multi-faith acceptance and normality to bring peace to this world.
Could it be that this new temple will be the central focus of the Multi -Faith movement? Could this be on the verge of occurring?
Of course you know that this is the temple in which the antichrist declares himself to be God at the halfway mark into the tribulation! At the Second Advent our Messiah goes into this Temple through the Golden Gate, but the Bible is not clear what He will do there, but we do know that he will cleanse the world of sin and sinners at this point. So, our Messiah will most likely destroy this Temple. Please remember that the Millennium Temple will be completely new according to Ezekiel 40 onwards. The Millennium Temple is completely different in size and architecture according to the Bible.
Here is an impression of the Millennial Temple of Ezekiel 40.
The new Catholic leader will be visiting Israel in June, to lay managerial claim to many of the historic Biblical sites.
●This new Catholic leader:
Francis of Assisi said this just before his death: “At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will arise to the pontificate, who by his cunning will draw many into error and death.”
Here are some interesting numbers: In Bible numerics numbers have meaning. 13 is the number of rebellion to God. According to EW Bullinger (who has written a number of books on Bible Numerics), this new leader was elected on 3/13/13. The white smoke was seen at 7:06 pm which is 7+6=13. He is 76 years old, which is 7+6=13. The announcement was at 8:13 pm. In fact there are other 13’s involved as well.
***I must say that I have a very uncomfortable feeling about Francis! (But then I do with everything Catholic.)
●On March 21st the new leader of the Anglican church was ordained in a multi-faith ceremony in Westminster Alley. He has declared his intention to take the church on this new road of multi-faith.
Could these things all be related? I don’t like to go overboard on this sort of thing. I simply put them to you as interesting items.
●North Korea: This nation is beating the nuclear war drum at the moment threatening everyone they don’t like including the US. What does the Bible have to say about this?
There is no specific mention, but North Korea most certainly does fit in with the “Kings of the East” prophecy. There is a belief that Korea originally was part of China with whom it shares a border. N. Korea also fits in with the “Red dragon” of Revelation 13. These prophecies all take place in the tribulation period, so the current nuclear threats are only forerunners. A “seismic event” was detected in N. Korea on 28th March, which could have been another nuclear test. If N. Korea does attack anyone it will evoke a Western response, which will draw in its allies China and Russia. Although Korea is remote in terms of Bible prophecy, it has potential to bring in the superpowers.
●Spain once had a very large Jewish community. Back in the Dark Ages they were slaughtered by the Catholic church in the Spanish Inquisition. Today Sephardic Jews are being invited back to Spain. They’re being promised passports, citizenship and jobs. Interestingly Jews are fleeing many other European nations.
●The Cypress precedent:
A small non-descript nation like Cypress has set a terrible precedent for the world and you too. Their stupid politicians bled their country dry then the EU and IMF demanded that insured public deposits in banks be raided by up to 30% to secure a bailout! It’s now quite possible that other struggling European nations will go the same way. This means that public money is no longer safe in the bank. This creates a confidence crisis.
●Soon to occur: The Syria war will drag Israel in. Jordan is to undergo its Arab spring involving great conflict. Iran is still waiting in the wings for its fateful appearance on the world stage. The revival of the UN push for Palestinian statehood will soon come about again.
Getting yourself and others ready for Messiah:
Our glorious Messiah is coming soon. If not we will die and meet our Lord that soon anyway. So either way it’s not long until every believer will stand before the Lord for reward or loss of reward. How to witness to others in an end-time context is also part of what we’ll look at now. I’m not keen on talking about myself, but if you’ll excuse me, I will share some things with you in this edition from a pure testimony point of view and not to elevate myself.
Psalm 139:15 “My substance was not hidden from you when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”
The term “curiously wrought” is “raqam” It appears nine times in the Bible. Eight times it is rendered “needlework.” This has overtones of beautiful embroidery or could we also say DNA? Do you know that you are a unique wonderful, incredible ‘needlework’ and artistic creation of God, made for His purpose and ultimate glory?
The urgency of the time:
Those who say no one knows the time of the Lord’s coming and ignore end time prophecy, by default are saying everything will continue as normal! (2 Peter3:3) There has never been a time when more evidence is being discovered, presented and expounded upon by so many Bible teachers! This alone is a sign and should be a wake- up call. Yet many remain fast asleep! “End time scoffers” do and must by default, replace imminence with worldly continuance. An alive, active hope of His coming purifies and empowers you to walk in holiness.
Unholiness is inextricably linked with those who say, “We’re not into this end time stuff.”
So, believe it, like it or not, we are in fast- moving critical times. Unfortunately only the wise prepare themselves. That’s not necessarily intellectually wise, by the way, but spiritually wise.
Today there is growing pressure to compromise. The pressure is everywhere and very subtle. The pressure is satanic in origin, and is designed to make you comfortable and accepting of universal sin. Evil and sin are already the norm of the day. Let me warn you that complacency with these things will lead to your great sorrow and eternal regret!
The world’s “bowl” of iniquity is just about full and ready to overflow. As it does God pours out His “bowl of wrath” on the earth. But many wise believers will have their “cup” overflowing with the oil of God’s blessing!
Psalm 39:4 “Lord make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how fragile I am.”
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Who are you really?
Ask your friends, they will tell you!
“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what sort of person you are”. This applies very much to your favourite Bible verses, teachers and ministers as well.
“When they are alone they go to their own company.” This verse in Acts speaks volumes. Where do you go when you’re alone? This applies to your thought process as well. Do you know that you can control your thoughts? You can choose to think about these things or those things. Thoughts lead to actions, not the other way around.
Untold billions at the end of their lives will be saddled with sorrow, regret, terror and fear as they’re carried off into the depths of Satan’s kingdom. That thought alone is staggering!
In the soon coming tribulation period, some will repent, but many will turn in vengeance against God and blaspheme and curse Him. How can you turn on the God of the entire universe and every atom in it, and who has the keys of heaven and hell?
These people in the verses below know that they’re in the “wrath of God”. Amazingly, they know its God at work and still they reject Him. They are more concerned about their pain now than eternal pain!
Revelation 16:9 “Men were scorched with great heat and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.”
Revelation 16:11 “They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores and did not repent of their deeds.”
Revelation 16:21 “Great hail from heaven fell on men, each one weighing about a talent (50kg) and they blasphemed God because of the plague, which was exceedingly great.”
These verses above also speak of the fact that they know that it is God who is at work bringing these things upon them. This is somewhat different from our present time period or the era of grace in which is it is Satan who is the chief destroyer. In fact the tribulation will be characterised by the wrath of God, Satan and man!
What makes some people hard hearted and others soft? It’s not circumstances. We all have circumstances to deal with. At the end of the day “no one is without excuse”. (Romans 1:20). You may have an excuse for being filled with anger because of the way you have been treated. You may have many excuses for many things legitimate or not, but you will have no excuse for turning against God, who is the one and only answer to all things. One thing within your control and grasp is your eternal salvation and whose neighbourhood you will hang out in forever. People say that you can’t choose your family. They talk rubbish.
Many people have already silently turned on God by rejecting His friends, His disciples and His Word.
Are you a friend of the living Holy God? If so, He and His friends and all of His word will be your friends. Something deep in your heart will identify with others born of the same family. The Godly spark in your heart will silently recognise that same spark in others and also the lack of it in others.
To quote a well known saying, “You are the only Bible that some people will read.” The Bible is very different from all other books. Are you? Sometimes you have no influence over a hard hearted person, but they do take note of you, the walking Bible. Are you just like the world, but only with a few verses blurting out of your mouth? Are you the raving hypocrite, or are you a person changed and revolutionised by God, evident for all to see?
When dealing with sin in others it’s always good to be soft on others and hard on yourself,- without compromise, that is.
A good example is our Lord’s dealing with the women caught in adultery. Many have the misconception that He forgave her. He did no such thing. No, He forgave her and saying, “Go and sin no more.” So here we have forgiveness and correction ministered together, which produced the goods.
The goal of the Church:
The goal of true Christian living is not life, liberty and happiness but denial of self and resistance to the spirit of the world. We must get to a place where nothing in the world draws us in and makes us inwardly happy. We must see that the world and its materialism will never satisfy or bring full contentment. It will bring you stress, simply because you can’t win the race to keep up with the Joneses. There is always a new frontrunner, but you can’t win it.
You must get to a place where you see that the world system is the home of demons.
A very powerful place to be is contentment in and with our Lord. Philippians 4:11 “I’ve learnt that in whatever state I am to be content.”
The church is not a place for professional, programme, formula-based Christianity. It must be a living, breathing, changing, dynamic organism. It can’t be packaged, boxed and sold. That’s why so many unsaved people are turned off by the church. Too many come looking for real truth and real life and encounter controlled programs, and slick entertainment.
The job of Church leadership and those operating in the ministry gifts is to lead people into the presence of the living God and to prepare those who are willing, to encounter a deep dimension of glorious spiritual life.
The glorious struggle:
Transformation and metamorphosis is the goal. In fact the word means “transformation from death.” Denial, death and the work of the cross are synonymous.
It can take many years of struggling to defeat self and gain control over the flesh. You can try and try again and like a drug addict you will fail. What is needed is not strength to try harder but the weakness of cross-death.
Here is something very strange but true. The cross is the POWER for life. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
“Taking up your cross” is nothing but denying self. This can be progressive or sometimes God gives you favour and allows you a sudden death and resurrection.
In my life, back in 1980 I began to fast and pray desperately with seven brothers. We had an all encompassing desire for a deeper more real walk with God. In the fasts we drew up our cross-bearing “denial” lists. This was part of my list:
To remain single. Never to go on a holiday again, excluding work trips. Never to go to a movie again. Never to go to a secular music or similar entertainment event. Never to vote again. Avoid all man-made religious traditions. Avoid a luxury lifestyle. Forsake the sense of ownership of things and more.
Some of these things were achieved immediately and other took a while, but now these things are so much a part of me, I’m repulsed at the thought of breaking them. Mysteriously, as I endured along this road of denial, I found that many other sins just dropped off and character traits changed.
Denial of self should contain sins, but also things that are not necessarily sinful. Allow our Lord to show you what to do. Also make sure you don’t just deny self, but fill the gap with our Lord and His Spirit and word. Do it with Him and unto Him! It is highly inwardly rewarding. A little secret is this: Don’t allow the temptation to judge others that don’t do it your way to come in!
As I went along the road, it became easier to identify and change what was needed in my life. Of course I don’t claim perfection, but I do claim to have overcome in many areas. I do claim to have moved forward with our Lord and I would not swop it for anything in the world. It is all my Lord’s doing. Like you, I am still on the journey, and what an incredible journey it is!
The walk of cross-bearing and denial early in my spiritual life served me well. I’ve had some rough times, but I’ve never turned away from my Lord for one second. I have never doubted Him or His word. It’s thanks to His grace and mercy.
Fruitfulness comes about after pruning! When striving and self-effort ends, the working of the Spirit of God speeds things up. Revelation of these things leads us into holiness, faithfulness, fruitfulness and consecration.
Doing these things is only eternally beneficial when done by the leading, inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit.
The tell-tale signs in your life
Here are a few simple signs revealing the depth of your relationship with our Messiah:
You say you love the Lord, good -but do you love all of His Word?
Do you have a love for His coming and the details thereof?
Do you have a love for His prophetic people and places? This is Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Do you fear Him and stand in awe of God and His Word?
Do you have a soft, broken, tender heart towards Him and a hard heart to the devil?
Do you have a passionate desire to move ever forward with our Lord?
Do you desire Biblical holiness in your life?
Do you desire to see the lost saved from hell?
Do you walk in inner peace and joy?
Are you growing in victory over the world, the flesh and the demonic?
If these things are in you and part of you, you are on the right road. There are many more obviously, but these are some of the big-ticket items.
Be free and stand in your liberty:
As we go down the road towards the presence of our Lord we must deal with the attacks and hindrances that come our way. A huge, subtle attack that comes our way is Satan’s counterfeit to relationship with God, which is religion.
God hates religion! The word is derived from the Latin “religio” meaning to “bind up.” What, how can that be, you say? Well think about it. Find me one religion that doesn’t want you to be bound by their tradition, doctrine, laws, rules, rituals, formulas and the like. Of course most of us that are born again understand fully that true Christianity is a relationship and not a religion. You can only be born into this family. Any idiot can do any religion, but relationship is by birth and can’t be “done”
People try to take the very essence of invisible, living, breathing life and make a formula or mould out of it. They try to box and package living life. They make dumb buildings with steeples and call that church. They make a god in their image. This is the essence of idolatry and not resurrection life.
Religion is the great deceiver and it masquerades as life. It is stone dead and deadly dangerous!
Acts 17:22 “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious...” Paul speaks here of their religion. The Greek word used here is “deisidaimon” (Strong’s G. 1174) which means literally, “To have superstitious respect for demons.”
Galatians 3:1 “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” Coming into religious law- keeping after starting in the Spirit was the “bewitching” problem. The word for “bewitched” here is actually the word for witchcraft.
Also notice in the verse above that the bewitching power of religion and law-keeping blinds you to the work of the cross!
So now we have three very interesting words relating to religion or the religious. So let’s put them together: We have: A binding up into respect for demons, under the power of witchcraft! Not a pretty picture is it? This is what religion is and will do for you!
You see, the deeper Christian life is simply the full realisation that you are family by birth. If you break the commandment of your natural father, are you no longer his child?
Let me remind you of the verse hated by the law keepers: Salvation is a free gift of God, it is not of works lest any should boast. Let me also inform you that there are two ways to be saved. One is by law and works and the other by grace and faith. If you chose the former, the passing grade is 100%! So if you broke the speed limit today by a minor fraction, you have broken all and you must go to hell.
Do’s and don’ts are not part of the salvation package. They come into the picture by the leading of the Spirit in your heart by grace and through faith. You see, law keepers can’t do that because they don’t have the Spirit to lead them and they are blind to the work and power of the cross. They are led by the external forces of do’s and dont’s. You can’t have it both ways!
Law keepers are always full of pride even though they say they’re not. You can see it in the fact that every last single one without exception is judgemental on those that don’t keep their little set of laws and rules their way. That is the fruit of the law.
So where then does the law fit in, because it most certainly does? Firstly the law reveals God’s absolute standard of holiness. Secondly it is impossible to keep it in full and it is a schoolmaster to point us to the One who fulfilled the law and now gives us the Spirit of God to lead us into holiness by His grace.
If you were to say to a law keeper that you do keep the law, but it is the law of Christ in my heart leading me, they would freak out, because you are not doing it their religious way.
The true Christian life is as organic as natural life. It just is; it just lives and breathes, because the living God is alive in your heart.
If you think that grace is a licence to just go crazy, then you have not encountered the exceptional, spectacular wonder of what God’s grace is. And you most certainly have not encountered the Spirit of God.
Religion is a man made counterfeit for the God-life in our hearts. It is an enemy that must be destroyed and expelled.
Religion is man’s futile attempt to reach God, to control God and bring Him down to his level. Religion’s big mistake is that it expects some angry God somewhere to smile on them because of how good they are.
How many times have you stood at a funeral service of an unbeliever and been told by the dead shepherd, now burying the dead that “he was a good man”? What a tragedy that this blind guide and dead shepherd commends the unbeliever to God, while God commends the unbeliever to hell!
Law and religious observance will always be popular because it enables the wolf in the pulpit to control and then devour the sheep.
In these days the pressures are mounting in so many facets. Beware that you are not drawn into religion.
Once we have the Spirit of God in the driving seat through grace and faith all other things fall into their proper place. God’s grace in faith is the spine of all else.
Ministering to your Christ rejecting friends:
Colossians 4:5-6 “Walk in wisdom to them who are outside (unsaved), redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt”. (ie. the Word)”
The verse above is wonderful isn’t it? Spirit led wisdom in your ministry produces the goods. Sometimes, people reject your words and you! This should be of no consequence to you, because if you are dead to self, and you are rejected, so what? Dead people don’t have feelings!
God’s love flows freely through you when the self - life is on the cross. We are not to have the idea that we are living for others, but that we are living for our Lord. He then directs us to others whom He has foreknowledge of. Our ministry to others becomes effective when we look to our Lord and not ourselves or others.
2 Corinthians 5:15 “He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
We must offer people salvation as a free gift of God’s grace. Then we must take it further.
The salvation we offer others must be the offer to willingly die! It must not be an invitation to be better, do better, join our church, and all such things. Salvation is life out of death.
Separation from the dominion of self, the world and the demonic through the cross is a powerful step to true success in this Christian life. We must lead others to the life of God through the new birth. The divine life flows from inside a broken heart to the outside. This can’t be manufactured or imitated.
The cross is a great eliminator. It has and will destroy everything in the universe not of God. The resurrection is the greatest and most powerful positive force in the universe, but you can’t get there without the cross!
Imagine the great eternal horror of reaching the end of your life and seeing that it was all wasted and worthless to God who created you for His magnificent plan and purposes.
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
The importance of Israel in your witness:
The Bible offers us perhaps the most powerful example of people coming to salvation in relation to these end times. This is the Jews who will be saved en mass. There are far too many examples in the scriptures to even list here. I think the best would be the story of Joseph and his brothers as well as the great “Dry Bones” story.
Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jews is a the most powerful aspect of prophecy being fulfilled now. It’s important to use fulfilled prophecy in your witness and also coming unfulfilled prophecy. People may reject your word now, but later when these things happen, you can be sure your words will spring to life in them.
People almost universally have an interest in the future and especially their own future. Prophecy is often the door to the hearts of unbelievers.
The issues around Israel and the Middle East are about to blast onto the world stage. When people find that you know what’s happening and why, many will want to hear you out.
Don’t try to witness in a condescending manner, but always point out that it’s not your own beliefs, but the very Word of the Living God.
Ministering to those who will become “tribulation saints”:
Most of the above chapter applies here as well.
Before we go any further, let me again state my position on the rapture. As the regulars know, I am persuaded of a pre-tribulation rapture. I have no gripe or bone to pick with the post-trib crowd. For me it is not an issue of division or separation. I can and always will walk happily with both.
Let me also add that sometimes trying to prove yourself right and others wrong ends up with you both in the ditch. Many of our Jewish brethren believe in the post –trib rapture. It is not wise to cause division and sometimes good to shut up!
We don’t know who these tribulation saints will be, but I can assure that many people you know personally will go into the tribulation. If (as I believe) we have a pre-tribulation rapture, those left behind will be shocked to their roots. Your friends, family and others whom you have witnessed to, will be devastated. Some will be infuriated that God had the audacity to leave them behind! It won’t be long before the gravity of their situation dawns on them.
Millions will think that they are reasonably good people and therefore will think that God is wrong and made a mistake leaving them behind! They will soon all know that they are without true salvation in their hearts!
They will be looking for answers.
What you say now to your unsaved friends may well be the seed that germinates in the tribulation. As said, fulfilled Bible prophecy is a powerful tool of evangelism. When the unsaved see that they have suddenly become the subject and substance of the greatest prophecies ever, they should fall on their faces in repentance immediately. But if they have never been warned, or told of these things, their journey to repentance may be delayed.
Another huge group who will go through the tribulation will be the masses of professing Christians who believe they are believers, but do not have that spark of the life of God in their hearts. They will be shaken to their foundation. Again many will turn in revolt against God, but many will wake up fast, joining the great community of every nation, tribe and tongue who will become “tribulation saints.”
Those who have rejected your ministering words now, will have it all brought to their remembrance suddenly! If your words are rejected now, it’s just too bad, but please don’t underestimate them. Words of ministry have a funny habit of springing to life when you least expect the.
The me-now generation is a tough nut to crack. This is the day in which humanism is a powerful, in- your- face, satanic force. But bear in mind that God’s power is far stronger. Once people have their own self –made and world-created ideas shattered wide open, they will see with new eyes!
In your witnessing to others now you don’t have to go into every little detail. The big broad overview is fine. Bear in mind that your words are like seeds, which the Holy Spirit may spring to life as the heart condition of the recipient suddenly melts and softens.
I know I talk about hell a lot (as does the Bible), but a very necessary revelation we all need is the reality of hell. Eternal regret, suffering and the amazing finality of it all is shattering, and should inspire and empower us with God’s love.
Nobody can see our Lord and King on the throne that hasn’t seen Him on the cross. Nobody can understand the depth and glory of heaven without a revelation of hell!
Peace and pride are mutually exclusive. The latter will deceive you into thinking you’re okay.
One of the great evidences of being right with God is peace in your heart. It’s a very rare thing in these stress-filled days.
In the midst of a world going crazy and full of intensifying troubles, you must live in peace. You were made to live in peace, and the peace of God was made through the cross, to live in you!
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken that in Me you shall have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.”
Ephesians 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace...”
Colossian 3:15 “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts as an umpire.” (Amplified.)
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Here's a picture I took while working on endagered Cheetahs in the Namib desert. This is near the beautiful Wovedans area, (Dancing Wolves). This is where the mysterious fairy circles begin to occur. It has a atmposhere of peace and tranquility.
Shalom and grow in grace!